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Apple cracks down on Beeper app that let Android users send iMessage

Apple said it was not fair to its users that a third-party app had access to iMessage through unconventional means, hampering their privacy and security.

Edited By: Shubham Verma

Published: Dec 10, 2023, 12:46 PM IST

Beeper Mini was the latest app that allowed Android users talk to iMessage users.
Beeper Mini was the latest app that allowed Android users talk to iMessage users.

Story Highlights

  • Beeper Mini uses a custom-built service to connect to iMessage through Apple’s own push notification service.
  • Users of Beeper Mini on Android could talk to iMessage users with blue bubble turned on.
  • Apple took note of the privilege Android users had and immediately took action against it.

After Beeper Mini, an iMessage solution for Android, was blocked for users, Apple has said that it took steps to protect its users “by blocking techniques that exploit fake credentials in order to gain access to iMessage”. In a statement, Apple stated that it was not fair to its users that a third-party app had access to iMessage through unconventional means, hampering their privacy and security.

The Beeper Mini app allowed a way for users to send blue-bubble iMessages directly from their Android devices. It emerged as one of the successful platforms that could offer Android users a way to communicate with iMessage users in the wake of a lack of official support from Apple, despite a plethora of calls from Google.

For the past couple of days, the app experienced technical issues when users were unable to send and receive blue bubble messages, reports The Verge. And Apple has now shared its take on the issue officially.

Apple said in a statement that “we build our products and services with industry-leading privacy and security technologies designed to give users control of their data and keep personal information safe. We took steps to protect our users by blocking techniques that exploit fake credentials in order to gain access to iMessage,” said a company spokesperson.

“These techniques posed significant risks to user security and privacy, including the potential for metadata exposure and enabling unwanted messages, spam, and phishing attacks. We will continue to make updates in the future to protect our users,” said Apple.

Beeper Mini uses a custom-built service to connect to iMessage through Apple’s own push notification service. The startup claimed its process works with no compromise to encryption or privacy. Beeper Mini founder Eric Migicovsky said that he simply didn’t understand why Apple would block his app. “If Apple truly cares about the privacy and security of their own iPhone users, why would they stop a service that enables their own users to now send encrypted messages to Android users, rather than using unsecure SMS?” he was quoted as saying.

— Written with inputs from IANS

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Author Name | Shubham Verma

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