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Apple iPhone users receiving spam on iMessage offering counterfeit goods

0. phoneArena posted on 21 Jul 2014, 01:26

According to security research firm Cloudmark, Apple iPhone users who use iMessage need to be mindful of a new group of spammers who previously peddled their wares using SMS messages. The new spam is aimed at wealthy iPhone users in New York, L.A., San Diego and Miami, with the intention of getting recipients to purchase counterfeit goods. Counterfeit Oakley sunglasses seem to be at the top of the list...

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posted on 21 Jul 2014, 01:45 1

1. ScottSchneider (Posts: 336; Member since: 06 Dec 2011)


posted on 21 Jul 2014, 02:05 1

3. techperson211 (Posts: 1280; Member since: 27 Feb 2014)

This is just a proof that no OS is secured. Just saying.

posted on 21 Jul 2014, 02:13

4. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; 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.

posted on 21 Jul 2014, 02:47 1

5. TheMoltenD (Posts: 109; Member since: 13 Jul 2014)

How are the getting the imessage users names?

posted on 21 Jul 2014, 12:10

12. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3806; 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.

posted on 21 Jul 2014, 12:26

13. quakan (Posts: 1398; Member since: 02 Mar 2011)

There's no usernames. Just phone numbers and email addresses.

posted on 21 Jul 2014, 14:04 1

14. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; 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.

posted on 21 Jul 2014, 04:17

7. hipnotika (Posts: 353; Member since: 06 Mar 2013)

some web sites selling email accounts from database to another companies.

it is not a security issue of ios.

posted on 21 Jul 2014, 15:44

15. steedsofwar (unregistered)

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'.

posted on 21 Jul 2014, 01:51 2

2. wilsong17 (unregistered)

So much for security? ¿¿

posted on 21 Jul 2014, 09:19 1

9. Napalm_3nema (Posts: 2236; 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...

posted on 21 Jul 2014, 09:22

10. Ninetysix (Posts: 2689; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)

I got your phone # from your boyfriend..>OMG..security breach!!!

posted on 21 Jul 2014, 03:57 1

6. Trolloftheyear (banned) (Posts: 66; Member since: 16 Jul 2014)

It just works.

posted on 21 Jul 2014, 05:51

8. darkkjedii (Posts: 25058; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)

So original, how did you come up with that one?

posted on 21 Jul 2014, 10:48 1

11. suneeboy (Posts: 201; 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.

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