Apple iPhone users receiving spam on iMessage offering counterfeit goods
Amazingly, 47% of all SMS spam in New York this past May and June was related to this iMessage spam. That is a pretty amazing stat when you consider that only iPhone users are being affected by this particular spam. And since iMessage is free to use, this high volume spammer is drawn to the service.
You can protect yourself by forwarding the spam to Apple the next time you receive it. To do that, forward the message to 7726. You can also block further messages from the same sender by going from Contact > Block this Caller. To prevent yourself from getting ripped off, just remember that if you get a message offering you a deal that seems too good to be true, it probably is.
Apple iPhone users are receiving iMessage spam selling counterfeit goods
1. The spam campaign on iMessage represented 47% of all SMS spam in New York City during the last two months
2. The spam sends you to this website that sells counterfeit goods
3. Block senders from sending you spam
source: Cloudmark via RedmondPie
3. techperson211 (Posts: 598; Member since: 27 Feb 2014)
This is just a proof that no OS is secured. Just saying.
4. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5736; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
How is spam a security breach? If the sender had hacked into the customer accounts at high end retailers and then used that info to send the spam messages, you could argue a breach was involved, but still, I don't see how sending spam is in-and-of-itself a security breach. There was no hacking of iOS in this case, just sending spam iMessages.
5. TheMoltenD (Posts: 52; Member since: 13 Jul 2014)
How are the getting the imessage users names?
12. 0xFFFF (Posts: 2962; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)
"How are the getting the imessage users names?"
Every "free" app on every platform makes money by selling data. There's plenty of user names for sale.
13. quakan (Posts: 1177; Member since: 02 Mar 2011)
There's no usernames. Just phone numbers and email addresses.
14. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5736; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
Text messages from an iOS device to an iOS device are routed as iMessages. The phone number is checked by the iMessage server to see if it is for an iOS device. If the result is true (iOS device), then the message is processed as an iMessage. At least that is how it works in the U.S.
7. hipnotika (Posts: 298; Member since: 06 Mar 2013)
some web sites selling email accounts from database to another companies.
it is not a security issue of ios.
15. steedsofwar (Posts: 279; Member since: 07 Oct 2013)
Just because iMessage is 'open' to spam doesn't make it okay. That's what android has been saying all along. Our OS is open so you can do or install what YOU like. I guess when it's Android, you guys be saying 'INSECURE OS'.
9. Napalm_3nema (Posts: 914; Member since: 14 Jun 2013)
It's not a security issue, it is an issue with scumbags who sell phone number databases. Your insecurity over the insecure nature of your chosen OS is shining like a star...
10. Ninetysix (Posts: 1577; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)
I got your phone # from your boyfriend..>OMG..security breach!!!
8. darkkjedii (Posts: 11111; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
So original, how did you come up with that one?
11. suneeboy (Posts: 159; Member since: 02 Oct 2012)
iMessage is linked to an e-mail address and a phone number. The sender almost more than likely has your e-mail address and just sends an iMessage to it. Nothing to do with Apple or iOS. I've gotten one or two here and there, no big deal though. Good article for some to try and troll on though.