Beeper's current CEO has defended himself by inviting those who have doubts about the integrity of his messaging app to review the source code, which is in the public domain.
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In case you weren’t aware, Beeper Mini is an instant messaging application based on enhancing SMS. Its main appeal was to ensure compatibility with iPhone’s iMessage; in fact, this was its major selling point. So much so that many call it the “iMessage for Android,” and in recent weeks, it had seen a significant boost in downloads and popularity.
However, in the last few hours, the application has stopped working. As I write these lines, it is still possible to download it from the Google Play Store, but it doesn’t work if you try to use the iOS-compatible protocol, making it practically useless in its current state.
Strange Behavior Pointing to Cupertino
Since it started malfunctioning, the app’s developers have been pointing fingers at Apple as potential culprits for the blockage. Well, in the last few hours, Apple itself has confirmed that they are the ones who have cut off Beeper Mini’s access to their servers. This part is crucial for the application to function since the connection was direct, not using other methods like other apps do.
The fact of connecting directly to Apple’s servers was partly done to ensure security and that no one had access to messages or the contact list. This way, you don’t provide your Apple ID to third parties, and the servers themselves take care of encryption, although Beeper also added an additional layer of encryption.
The new application connects directly to Apple’s service. That means you’re not logging in with your Apple ID on a remote Mac or through Beeper’s servers; you’re only logging in through Apple directly. From there, messages and media are sent similarly directly from your device to Apple. No Beeper server (or anyone else’s) is involved here, says the company.
Apple Confirms the Blockage of Beeper
However, Apple has now confirmed that they are the ones behind this blockage and argue that it’s because they fear for the privacy of their users. In fact, they claim to have seen a risk in the metadata that is shared, although they haven’t provided details.
In their official statement, they assure that they will continue to block any application that directly uses their servers, making it a barrier they are setting for third parties to build universal solutions.
At Apple, we create our products and services with industry-leading privacy and security technologies designed to give users control of their data and keep personal information safe. We take steps to protect our users by blocking techniques that exploit fake credentials to gain access to iMessage. These techniques posed significant risks to the security and privacy of users, including the potential exposure of metadata and enabling unwanted messages, spam, and phishing attacks. We will continue to make updates in the future to protect our users.
Meanwhile, Beeper’s CEO has stated that their application is not dangerous, does not have the vulnerabilities claimed by Apple, and anyone can verify this as all the code is open source and available on Github.
We stand behind what we have built. Beeper Mini maintains the privacy of your messages and enhances security compared to unencrypted SMS. For anyone claiming otherwise, we’ll be happy to give our entire source code to third parties by mutual agreement to assess the security of our application.
While decisions are being made, the company has already announced a plan for refunds and free trials for some of its services to compensate for the setback. It’s still unclear whether Beeper will continue operating after this setback or if they will eventually reach an agreement with Apple.
Note: This content has been translated with an artificial intelligence tool, so the translation may be slightly inaccurate. The original version written by our editor is the Spanish version.