Sep 24 AT 12:15 PM Dima Aryeh 21 Comments

iMessage Chat for Android brings functionality, security risk

iMessage Chat

There are quite a few things keeping Apple users in the ecosystem, but a huge feature is iMessage. It’s a cross platform messaging client that only supports Apple platforms, like iOS and OSX. It’s a basic chat client like every other, but the way it integrates into the iOS Messaging app is what draws a lot of people to it. Plus, with so many using it, some don’t want to leave it behind.

In really big news, someone has gotten iMessage to work on Android! There is a big catch though, and that’s a possible security issue. But the app is available for free on the Play Store, and after signing in with your Apple ID, it indeed works and sends iMessages to Apple users.

Someone getting this very closed service working on Android is in itself big news, and I think that’s an awesome achievement. But there is no describing the risk you’d be taking in downloading this app. According to Jay Freeman (better known as famous iOS hacker Saurik), each message is sent through a Chinese server before reaching Apple. All of your messages could be read, saved and even modified without your knowledge.

Also, you’re giving your password to an unofficial app. There isn’t an authentication system through a third party; you’re just giving your ID and password to the developer. I don’t think it needs explaining how potentially dangerous this could be to your security. This is the same ID you use to purchase things with your credit card from iTunes.

We have linked the app for those curious enough to try it, but we simply can’t recommend you download this for any reason. Though nothing has been proven, it might be very unsafe. Still, it’s pretty amazing that iMessage has been modified to work on our favorite mobile operating system. What are your thoughts on the situation? Leave a comment!

 

Update: The app has been pulled. With fooling Apple’s servers, possibly spying on people, and the possibility of running malicious code not ruled out, it seems that either Google or Apple wasn’t happy about this app being available.

Source: Graham Cluley, +Jay Freeman

Dima Aryeh is a Russian obsessed with all things tech. He does photography, is an avid phone modder (who uses an AT&T Galaxy Note II), a heavy gamer (both PC and 360), and an aspiring home mechanic. He is also an avid fan of music, especially power metal.

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