Apple Working on ‘Identifying and Blocking’ Spam iCloud Calendar Invites

Posted in Apple, Apple News, Apps on 01/12/2016 by Chris Hauk

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If like us, you’ve been hit by the recent rash of spam iCloud Calendar invites, (we have nothing against Ray-Ban sunglasses, but…), you’ll be glad to know Apple is working on ways to stop them.

Apple Working on 'Identifying and Blocking' Spam iCloud Calendar Invites

iMore‘s Rene Ritchie, report’s an Apple spokesperson told him the company working to block spam invites. (Via MacRumors)

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.

While iCloud Calendar spam has been around for a while, recently users have seen a serious increase in the number of spam invites hitting their iCloud Calendars. While users can simply decline, accept, or click “Maybe,” that has the side effect of letting the jerkwad spammers know they’ve reached a valid iCloud email address.

For the short term, iCloud users have two options for getting relief from the spam onslaught.

1.) Log in to iCloud via your web browser and go to the Calendar settings (click the giant cog icon, then go to “Preferences,” then “Advanced”), you can choose to receive all event invitations as email. Emails can then be easily ignored and/or deleted.

Apple Working on 'Identifying and Blocking' Spam iCloud Calendar Invites

2.) You can create a new calendar, name it “Spam,” move the Spam invite to that calendar, and then delete the calendar. This method doesn’t alert the spammers and doesn’t verify that they have found a verified email address. (For more info, read our how to.)

We’ll keep you posted on any word of progress from Apple in fighting the spammers. Good luck!


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Chris Hauk

MacTrast Senior Editor, and self-described "magnificent bastard," Chris Hauk owns Phoenix Rising Services and writes for everyone's favorite "bad movie" website, Big Bad Drive-In.

His first Apple product was an iPod Classic 9 years ago, and he has since added a MacBook Pro, a number of iPads, iPhones, and multiple Apple TVs to his collection.

He lives somewhere in the deep Southern part of America. Yes, he has to pump in both sunshine and the Internet.