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Cook did it: Secret Service considers disabling iMessage over missing Jan 6. texts
Posted by: RAMd®d
Date: July 30, 2022 11:12PM
Secret Service considers disabling iMessage over missing Jan 6. texts

The Secret Service is considering preventing employees from using iMessage on agency iPhones in the future, with claims the loss of text messages relating to the January 6 Capitol insurrection were due to the way encrypted messages are managed.

Apple's iMessage is considered to be a secure messaging service due to its use of encryption for communications. However, it seems that the secure nature of the system is being blamed for the sudden loss of potential evidence for investigations into the Capitol insurrection.

On July 13, Congress was informed by the DHS inspector general that the Secret Service had lost a number of text messages relating to the 2021 attack. In an update on July 29, the Secret Service is reportedly considering getting rid of iMessage to avoid the problem happening in the future.

"This is actually something we are looking at very closely," Secret Service spokesperson Anthony Guglielmi told Politico. "Director James Murray has ordered a benchmarking study to further examine the feasibility of disabling iMessage and whether it could have any operational impacts."

It is claimed that the Secret Service's implementation of a new mobile device management platform may have caused the problem. While the platform could be used to manage emails, images, and other data centrally, the use of encryption of iMessages meant communications were stored on devices but couldn't be backed up automatically.

Since many agents failed to manually back up data themselves before the erasure and reconfiguration of the new management platform, those device-stored iMessage communications were deleted.

"We want to make sure whatever policy action we take does not adversely impact our protective or investigative missions," said Guglielmi, and that the agency is "looking at other technological solutions."

While iMessage may be receiving scrutiny due to being too secure, other elements of Apple's ecosystem has been more assistive in tracking down and prosecuting participants in the insurrection. In May, one participant pleaded guilty due to evidence surfacing in his iCloud account, after he threw his iPhone into an ocean.


[appleinsider.com]






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Re: Cook did it: Secret Service considers disabling iMessage over missing Jan 6. texts
Posted by: GGD
Date: July 30, 2022 11:34PM
I wonder how other government agencies and private businesses deal with the same issue? It's been around for over a decade.
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Re: Cook did it: Secret Service considers disabling iMessage over missing Jan 6. texts
Posted by: Speedy
Date: July 31, 2022 04:09AM
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GGD
I wonder how other government agencies and private businesses deal with the same issue? It's been around for over a decade.

They don’t lie and make excuses.



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Re: Cook did it: Secret Service considers disabling iMessage over missing Jan 6. texts
Posted by: pdq
Date: July 31, 2022 08:21AM
A CNN timeline mentions the “Microsoft Intune phone migration”.

I have no idea WTH that is, other than that’s apparently the cause of the loss of messages, and it will turn out to be a bad idea both in retrospect and going forward.
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Re: Cook did it: Secret Service considers disabling iMessage over missing Jan 6. texts
Posted by: Buzz
Date: July 31, 2022 12:08PM
I, for one, call BULLSHIT!!!!
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Re: Cook did it: Secret Service considers disabling iMessage over missing Jan 6. texts
Posted by: GGD
Date: July 31, 2022 01:18PM
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pdq
A CNN timeline mentions the “Microsoft Intune phone migration”.

I have no idea WTH that is, other than that’s apparently the cause of the loss of messages, and it will turn out to be a bad idea both in retrospect and going forward.

Although I had never heard of it, it seems to be a real product.

[docs.microsoft.com]

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Microsoft Intune is a cloud-based service that focuses on mobile device management (MDM) and mobile application management (MAM). You control how your organization’s devices are used, including mobile phones, tablets, and laptops. You can also configure specific policies to control applications. For example, you can prevent emails from being sent to people outside your organization. Intune also allows people in your organization to use their personal devices for school or work. On personal devices, Intune helps make sure your organization's data stays protected and can isolate organization data from personal data.

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Re: Cook did it: Secret Service considers disabling iMessage over missing Jan 6. texts
Posted by: cbelt3
Date: July 31, 2022 07:07PM
They will all switch to Snapchat’s auto delete feature. That’s where the recent head of the service went to work. Yes, really.
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Re: Cook did it: Secret Service considers disabling iMessage over missing Jan 6. texts
Posted by: Buzz
Date: August 01, 2022 01:36AM
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cbelt3
They will all switch to Snapchat’s auto delete feature. That’s where the recent head of the service went to work. Yes, really.

That is TOTALLY contrary to the existing Rules of the Road for Fed peep's documentation.
IOW, a Bozo No-No!


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Re: Cook did it: Secret Service considers disabling iMessage over missing Jan 6. texts
Posted by: samintx
Date: August 01, 2022 10:27AM
I have suspected Cook was at the bottom of the problem all alonghamster dance
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