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Apple starts encrypting email going between iCloud, other services

updated 10:26 am EDT, Tue July 15, 2014

Old me.com and mac.com addresses also covered

Apple has started encrypting email traffic between iCloud and third-party services, according to data from a Google transparency website. This includes messages from older me.com and mac.com accounts. The move follows Apple promises in June that encryption would expand beyond iCloud-to-iCloud exchanges, something essential given the greater popularity of services like Google's Gmail.

The new encryption is believed to be relatively weak however, using the RC4-128 standard instead of something like AES-128. One security researcher contacted by 9to5Mac notes that the National Security Agency has possibly cracked RC4-128, although there is no direct proof of this.




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  1. prl99

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    It was my understanding that mac.com and me.com were simply email aliases to iCloud.com accounts and servers not separate servers. I can log into iCloud.com using any of the old domains and get my email. I can't see Apple supporting three versions on three servers, all with the same email.

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