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More iCloud Calendar Spam

Thomas Reed:

Recently, we have seen an increasing number of reports from iPhone users about their calendars filling up with junk events. These events are most often either pornographic in nature, or claim that the device has been infected or hacked, and in all cases they contain malicious links. This phenomenon is known as “calendar spam.”

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These pages will redirect to a variety of App Store apps. Mostly, these are junk VPNs or supposed security apps. They mostly have high ratings, and have been around for 4+ years, but the total number of ratings given is low. This could be an indication that the ratings have been reset periodically.

Worse, many of these apps have high price, short duration subscriptions. In most cases, prices are around $8.99 or $9.99 per week.

Sami Fathi:

Apple has not publicly commented on what specific measures it has taken to solve the issue, but through a video posted by Apple Support, that has so far garnered more than 97,000 views, it has a solution.

The video advises that users, logically, unsubscribe from these spam calendars. The video doesn’t offer any insight into what proactive measures users can take to not receive the invitations in the first place.

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2 Comments

Peter N Lewis

Its lucky those apps have to go through the rigorous App Store review - image how bad it would be otherwise!

@Peter N Lewis
Yeah, no kidding. Microsoft is now attempting a similar kind of platform lockdown with Windows 11 and then Microsoft goes ahead and digitally signs malware in their trusted environment. All these companies are the worst.

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