Due to the NSA snooping scandal, Apple has denied that they have the ability to read user iMessages. Security company QuarksLab has issued a white paper that describes how a hacker or Apple themselves can access iMessages.
This past June, Apple said iMessage is protected by end-to-end encryption and said that Apple cannot decrypt the data themselves.
Apple sent a statement to All Things Digital saying that they would have to jump through hoops to achieve access to iMessages and they have no desire to do this.
“The research discussed theoretical vulnerabilities that would require Apple to re-engineer the iMessage system to exploit it, and Apple has no plans or intentions to do so,” Muller told All Things Digital.