iMessage Security Flaw Patched by iOS 16/15

by Jenefey Aaron   Updated on 2023-06-20 / Update for  iPhone Fix

Recently a group of Johns Hopkins University researchers has found a big security bug on iMessage with iOS 16/15 and earlier on the company's vaunted encryption, one that would enable a skilled attacker to decrypt photos and videos sent as secure instant messages.

Actually the hack process is pretty simple. At first the team created software that emulates an Apple server in order to intercept files. Photos and videos in iMessage only use 64-bit encryption and don't lock out invader after multiple attempts to decrypt, which allowed the researchers to "brute force" video and image files and eventually decrypt them. In other words, your contacts and iMessage contents may be viewed in such a way.

Luckily, Apple has fixed iMessage security flaw with iOS 16/15 that allows imessages and videos stored in iCloud to be decrypted. If using iMessage a lot, you are supposed to update iOS as soon as possible. However, even though upcoming iOS 16 and OS X 10.11.4 path vulnerabilities, privacy protection should be on the higher agenda. Now keep on reading to get know more.

How to Protect iMessage from Being Viewed in iOS 16

Apart from updating iPhone/iPad to 9.3, you'd better completely erase data from device for iMessage security. To be honest, we all don't know if iOS 16 can get rid of this annoying problem at all. After all, iMessage security issue reminds us of how matter our privacy do. Download Tenorshare iCareFone (iPhone Care Pro) to totally delete iMessage from device for best protection. After cleanup with it, your imessage can't be retrieved by any third-party recovery tool.

  • Click download button above to download and install program on computer. Connect your device with USB cable and launch the program.

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  • Click Start Now under Speedup & Clean, then select Deep Clean and click Start Now.

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  • Here you can either individually tick Messages, or tick all to clean up. Then click "Scan Now".

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  • After scanning, click Clean Now on the pop-up interface to clear iMessage from iPhone/iPad.

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Note: Quick Clean can help you remove junk files such as cookies, app temp files and caches from iPhone, iPad so that make sure your device keeps at the peak performance.

Even iOS 16 was released to patch iMessage Security bugs by Apple Inc, officially. However, complete imessage cleanup definitely can be much safer. If you have any question, welcome to leave it under the comment section.