Posted by: David Harley | August 21, 2014

Apple on message, spammers on iMessage?

Robert McMillan reports for Wired that Apple’s iMessage Is Being Taken Over by Spammers.

I haven’t used it, but iMessage sounds like a nice messaging app for communication between devices running iOS or OS X, as long as you stick with those platforms. However, Cloudmark now claims that it carries 30% of all mobile spam, because it’s so easy to use a Mac to send messages to multiple addresses using an Applescript. AppleInsider, however, asserts that the Report claims iMessage spam on the rise, but little evidence appears in support, citing Cloudmark’s previous admission that its tracking database may not distinguish well between iMessage spam and SMS spam, and low traffic related to the issue on Apple forums.

John Gruber also thinks that the title of the Wired article rather overstates it, though he has some (unspectacular) personal experience of iMessage spam.

David Harley
Small Blue-Green World

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