Apple’s Ping a scammers haven? Security experts say be careful
Apple’s music-focused social networking, Ping is just a couple of days old, and already the iTunes-based feature is “drowning in scams and spams,” security researchers say. The scams aren’t anything too advanced right now, and you will find no reports of clickjacking worms or any other types of aggressive adware and spyware, experts say. But when you are searching for links to bogus surveys promising free iPhones, iPads along with other assorted iDevices then Ping in iTunes 10 may be the social networking for you personally.
Security firm Sophos advises all users to upgrade to iTunes 10 regardless of the wide quantity of scams you are likely to encounter. The brand new iTunes contains 13 vulnerability fixes for that WebKit components accustomed to display the prior form of the iTunes’ interface, based on Sophos. But, Sophos warns, using the newest iTunes 10 come cautions.
Junk e-mail and scam hunting
Considering the artist page for singer/songwriter Katy Perry, it did not take lengthy to locate junk e-mail links promising free iPhones within the comments parts of several posts. There have been also complaints about junk e-mail under a lot of Perry’s other posts, but to Apple’s credit it seems many spamming accounts happen to be suspended. Other artist pages had similar spamming problems.
Ping’s Misplaced Filtering Priorities
Despite the fact that comment junk e-mail is comparatively common it isn’t obvious if Apple does not only by hand removing bogus links according to user complaints. Sophos states Apple hasn’t implemented any kind of automated junk e-mail or URL filtering in Ping. If correct, Sophos’ claim is a touch surprising thinking about that Apple seems to become filtering profile photos for content. While obscene or copyright infringing photos can be a concern, an even more prevalent problem for a lot of blogs, Websites and bigger social systems is comment filtering for junk e-mail and malicious URLs. Compounding the junk e-mail problem, Sophos states, is the fact that you don’t have to make use of a charge card or any other type of identification to participate Ping.
If you discover comment junk e-mail on Ping, you are able to report it by hitting “Report” near the “Show more comments/Hide comments” link on every Ping publish.