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iMessage glitch exposed, sends texts to stolen iPhones

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iMessage glitch exposed, sends texts to stolen iPhones
Getting their precious smartphone stolen is one of the last things that an iPhone user wants to deal with. And it is not only because the handset is going to get sold to an unsuspecting buyer never to return to its original owner, but also because all that private information stored on the device might easily end up in the wrong hands. A solution to the latter of these two problems would be performing a “Remote Wipe” so that all personal data gets deleted from the missing iPhone. However, users are now discovering that doing so does not work quite as intended.

According to numerous reports, iMessages sent from a stolen and remotely wiped iPhone appear as if they are being sent from the device's original owner. The glitch remains present even after the missing smartphone has been registered under a new account. Reportedly, changing the Apple ID password or moving the old number to a new iPhone does not help.

Apple has yet to come up with a statement on the matter, but people familiar with iOS' inner workings have already come up with their own theories. It is said that iMessage might be reading a user's phone number from a cache stored somewhere in an Apple database instead of using the number that is currently in use on the device. However, this theory has not been confirmed just yet, so the root cause of the problem might be absolutely different.

If you have ever had to deal with the same iMessage glitch, do not hesitate to share your experience in the comments section below. Feel free to include whatever steps you took in order to resolve the issue, and tell us whether they worked or not.


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posted on 16 Dec 2011, 10:06 3

1. hepresearch (unregistered)


Hilarious! That just stinks...

posted on 16 Dec 2011, 10:20 3

2. bloodline (Posts: 691; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)


good dam unstable IOS .... so unstable

posted on 16 Dec 2011, 10:31 3

3. tacohunter (Posts: 408; Member since: 06 Nov 2011)


Who wants to steal an iPhone anyway? So unstable ios, nobody wants it. Why not stealing the high end android phones. They're completely stable. No issues so far. (sarcastic).

There will be always a few issues on every phone wheter it's android, ios, bb, wp or whatever. We're not in 2020 yet sadly.

posted on 16 Dec 2011, 12:28 5

5. remixfa (Posts: 13903; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


in 2020, we will be worrying about our cell phone chip implants melting our brains or our holographic communication devices trying to kill us. lol

posted on 16 Dec 2011, 13:00

8. EclipseGSX (limited) (Posts: 1587; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


no we wont were all gonna die in 2012 :)

posted on 16 Dec 2011, 15:18

10. tacohunter (Posts: 408; Member since: 06 Nov 2011)


Maybe but I was talking about no more issues.

posted on 16 Dec 2011, 20:14

12. remixfa (Posts: 13903; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


there will always be issues. maybe by 2020 they will have worked out the issues from iOS5 and ICS 4.01, but there will be all new issues for whatever is going on then. Bugs will always be in the system.

posted on 17 Dec 2011, 11:28

16. andro. (Posts: 1951; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)


Have you seen the futurama episode mocking the iphone.....umm i mean the 'eyephone'. The in head mental control is the future for ifans!

posted on 16 Dec 2011, 17:40 1

11. andro. (Posts: 1951; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)


Just when you think an a week can go by without an iphone fault or bug and this happens lol

posted on 16 Dec 2011, 12:17 5

4. ZayZay (Posts: 557; Member since: 26 Feb 2011)


Wouldn't be surprised if Apple comes out with these statements

"Maybe you shouldn't get your phone stolen."

"Maybe you shouldn't have gotten mugged and beat up for your iphone."

"Some how this isn't our fault, it's still yours."

posted on 16 Dec 2011, 12:28 3

6. gallitoking (Posts: 4690; Member since: 17 May 2011)


well on the bright side of things. Androids phone dont get stolen as much due to the resale value is lowered than an aluminium can, as oppose to the iphone that resells very good...

posted on 16 Dec 2011, 12:30 2

7. iamcc (Posts: 1319; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)


Ha...ha...ha...ha....

........................

No.

posted on 16 Dec 2011, 13:01 3

9. EclipseGSX (limited) (Posts: 1587; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


if youre f**ked up enough to steal something you seriously dont care if its an iPhone or Android

posted on 16 Dec 2011, 20:15

13. remixfa (Posts: 13903; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


yes, because thieves walk up to a person "pardon me sir, is that an iphone", and then jack it.

your so silly gallito.

posted on 17 Dec 2011, 19:47 1

17. Paden (Posts: 262; Member since: 07 Jul 2011)


...

http://techland.time.com/2011/12/15/muggers-demand-iphone-turn-down-android/

posted on 17 Dec 2011, 09:21

15. networkdood (Posts: 6267; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


On the bright side, you could let APPLE do the thinking for you....

posted on 17 Dec 2011, 09:20

14. networkdood (Posts: 6267; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


Iphones are the new NIKE...

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