iMessage glitch exposed, sends texts to stolen iPhones

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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17 Comments

1. hepresearch unregistered

Hilarious! That just stinks...

2. bloodline

Posts: 706; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

good dam unstable IOS .... so unstable

3. tacohunter

Posts: 408; Member since: Nov 06, 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.

5. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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

8. EclipseGSX

Posts: 1777; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

no we wont were all gonna die in 2012 :)

10. tacohunter

Posts: 408; Member since: Nov 06, 2011

Maybe but I was talking about no more issues.

12. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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.

16. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 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!

11. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

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

4. ZayZay

Posts: 571; Member since: Feb 26, 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."

6. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 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...

7. iamcc

Posts: 1319; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

Ha...ha...ha...ha.... ........................ No.

9. EclipseGSX

Posts: 1777; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

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

13. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

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

17. Paden

Posts: 262; Member since: Jul 07, 2011

15. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

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

14. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Iphones are the new NIKE...

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