SPAM has to be one of THE most annoying corners of the internet that is clearly full of w****rs!  They are getting more and more devious at infiltrating your everyday life, and the worst bit about spam is it typically is out to do one thing – get you to click on a site link that will either make them money or fraudulent get at your money; either way they pull every cunning stunt they can to make you think this is a genuine deal / offer aimed directly at you.

The latest attack is aimed at us iCloud users, and the reason I’m posting this is because that this time it’s actually very easy to get caught up in their SPAM rings, even the wiser of folks out there that might think they are savvy users.

You may find, as I did the other night, new entries/invites appear in your calendar.  Mine was an “Ugg Boots Black Friday” offer, but I suspect this is just the start of a new wave of attacks and will evolve into all sorts of entries.  Don’t panic, your iCloud account hasn’t been hacked!  What they have done is simply sent out a tonne of iCal invites to billions of email addresses in the hope they hit one that is a real email address, and up it pops in your calendar.  Here’s the catch… no matter what you do (Accept, Maybe or Decline) the event you will be sending a notification back to the spam source that in fact the email address is an active one!  To which they will then spam you to death and sell your address on for others to do the same!  There is no easy way to delete them.

Below are some instructions as to how to protect yourself from this, and also for those of you already spammed how to safely remove the entires.  Unfortunately its impossible to stop them spamming your address but you can at least put up the defence walls.

Protecting yourself from iCloud Calendar SPAM

These calendar invites are coming from emails to your registered iCloud.com email account (apple account email), which are automatically pushed to your calendar as invites and the original email is deleted.  This is a default setting within your calendar and is easy to change but unfortunately not from your phone, you will need to log in to iCloud using a web browser.  Follow these steps below to at least see the emails containing the invites to which you can then choose to ignore or delete without any notification going back to them.

  1. Visit iCloud.com up in a web browser.
  2. Log in using the account you use on your phone (where your calendars are stored and is the same as your apple password).
  3. Click on Calendar.
  4. Click on the settings cog wheel  in the lower left of the screen.
  5. Click on Preferences.screenshot-2016-11-27-13-33-16
  6. Click the Advanced tab.
  7. Under Invitations choose the  second option Email to rather than an in-app notification.

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Deleting the Spam Invites Without Sending Notifications

  1. Create a new iCloud calendar (not “On My Mac”) and call it SPAM.
  2. Move each spam event to the new spam calendar.
  3. Delete the new iCloud calendar.
  4. Calendar will now prompt you with “Delete and Don’t Notify” and “Delete and Notify”.
  5. Select “Delete and Don’t Notify”.

 

Good luck, keep your wits about you and stay safe on the net.