In response to complaints about calendar spam in iPhones and iPads devices, Apple Inc. said that it has started working to fix the issue. The U.S. tech giant has apologized to customers who has received calendar spam, according to a report from 9to5Mac.
Many iCloud users, mostly from the United States, are noticing unwanted invites from in the calendar app for products they never asked for. The spams invites are frustrating the users as they are unable to those unsolicited events from anonymous senders, usually with Chinese names. It seems that the spammers, possibly from China, are “mass targeting any iCloud email account it can find on the web, rather than targeting specific users.”
Users who has received the spam invites are frustrated and confused as there is no a clear-cut solution for the issue. They now can decline the invites to remove the event from their calendar, but it won’t prevent the spammers from sending more invites in future.
According to a report from Forbes, Apple should find a permanent solution to the calendar spam problem because “the success of this route to potential customers will become a popular route for spammers.”
The report suggested a possible solution to address this issue, noting that the tech giant can update the app to allow customers to mark invites as spam and blacklist addresses. In addition, the report added that the iPhone maker can do something to stop a flood of invites from a single source.
“If this can be implemented quickly then calendar spam would be nothing more than a short-term annoyance. If there’s one thing that spammers are good at, it’s working out how to send a tsunami of messages to make the tiny percentage rate of replies into a successful business,” the report said.
To temporarily fix the issue, users have two options. First, you can push all spam requests into a separate calendar and then delete that calendar to get rid of all spams events. Secondly, you can try to change iCloud calendar settings from your desktop to invite notifications from ‘in-app’ to ’email’ and use email client to filter the spam.
In a statement to iMore, Apple Inc. has acknowledged the issue, saying that it is actively “identifying and blocking suspicious senders” to fix the issue on a permanent basis.
“We are sorry that some of our users are receiving spam calendar invitations. We are actively working to address this issue by identifying and blocking suspicious senders and spam in the invites being sent,” the company said in the statement.
Apple is expected to release the software update to fix the problem. It appears that the company is working to employ spam-detection techniques to prevent the invites.
In other news, Apple Inc. is working to fix problems in some of iPhone 6s devices. The firm received many reports of iPhone 6S phones with a fault causing unexpected shut down for free. The tech giant also announced a repair program for iPhone 6 Plus devices with display problems.