Apple's iMessage is a great messaging tool. But it appears that spammers have figured out a way to manipulate the system, which doesn't rely on mobile carriers. Citing an earlier report by Cloudmark, a cybersecurity company, Wired's Robert McMillan says the iMessage now accounts to more than 30 percent of all mobile spam messages.
Cloudmark previously reported the staggering increase in iMessage spam last year. Using a tool called Spam Reporting Service (SRS), Cloudmark gathered spam messages from different mobile operators in the U.S., U.K., and other countries.
It found that the iMessage can be hacked using scripts to send messages. “It’s almost like a spammer’s dream. With four lines of code, using Apple scripts, you can tell your Mac machine to send message to whoever they want,” says Tom Landesman, a security researcher at Cloudmark.
The ubiquitous characteristic of iMessage across the iPhone, iPad, and the Mac, makes it an ideal target for spammers. These pesky scammers can use your email address to flood your iMessage. Even worse, scammers can also check if the spam messages were read by the targeted user.
Since then, Apple has issued a solution to the problem. But users found it too complicated. For many, sending screenshots to Apple along with the spammer's email and number is a hassle. Apple, Wired claims, is slow to act as well. Wired reported a spammer to Apple last week and got no response. Apple declined to comment on the report.