A new messaging app has landed on Android and some are urging users to proceed with caution if they opt to download or use this obviously spoofed iMessage platform now available through Google Play.
Called "iMessage Chat," the app is taking fire today and seeing intense and understandable scrutiny.
Early this morning, Jay Freeman (Saurik) commented at length on the Android app and broached no shortage of valid points as to why prudence should be exercised when it comes to using the controversial app in question.
"As far as I can tell the way it works is that the client does directly connect to Apple, but the data is all processed on the developer's server in China," Freeman posted on Google+. "This not only means that Apple can't just block them by IP address, but also that they get to keep the "secret sauce" on their servers (and potentially just run Apple code: there are some parts of the process in Apple's client code that is highly obfuscated)."
Every packet from Apple is forwarded to 18.104.22.168, which then sends back exactly what data to send to Apple (along with extra packets that I presume tell the client what's happening so it can update its UI). Likewise, if the client wants to send a message, it first talks to the third-party server, which returns what needs to be sent to Apple. The data is re-encrypted as part of this process, but its size is deterministically unaffected.
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Source: Jay Freeman's Google+