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And.reg
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Nov 16, 2016, 08:43 PM
 
I just received a reminder to an event that I did not create, RayBan Sunglasses $19.99, in my Calendars.

All I did earlier today on my iPod Touch was tap on Google's non-Ad search result link to an article about pesticides on fruit... then my iPod goes through like five webpages so quickly then brings me to some website to spam me. Somehow that must have created the event.

(When I tapped back on that search result link a second time, it brought me to the article as expected.)

But when I deleted the event, Calendars gave me a message that said something like, The sender would be notified.

So, whoever put that spam in my Calendars App knew about it and knows that I deleted the event.

Beware. Calendar spam is here.
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Nov 17, 2016, 01:15 PM
 
I got this also. So peeved, especially to google and find that this has existed since 2007 and Apple has not done anything to stop it. You have to set mail not to send calendar invites to ical etc automatically. You SHOULD be able to just delete from calendar.

I unplugged computer from ethernet, deleted calendar spam, and plugged back in. Supposedly this prevents the notification from being sent to spammer.

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Nov 17, 2016, 01:40 PM
 
Yes, I have it too. This is one Apple needs to fix directly.
The new Mac Pro has up to 30 MB of cache inside the processor itself. That's more than the HD in my first Mac. Somehow I'm still running out of space.
     
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Nov 18, 2016, 07:47 AM
 
Had the same yesterday and had no idea where it was coming from!
I was also a little concerned about the "sender will be notified" part when deleting it.
Facebook is full of weird Ray-Ban spam but I couldn't find out where my calender entry came from.
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Nov 25, 2016, 07:05 AM
 
Just got another one: UGG Black Friday price is only $49.99 invitation from some foreign language

I never enlisted to them.

How do they do this?
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Nov 25, 2016, 08:25 AM
 
It's just spam like any other, except they're sending it in the form of an invite.
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Nov 25, 2016, 11:37 AM
 
Another one for me too, and I thought I had adjusted my calendar settings and mail settings. Then I realized that I had checked my email on the ipad first this am, so maybe the desktop settings weren't kicking in. So I found in ios a setting to hide events from apps. Maybe this will do it? it never showed up as email.

I have no idea which app might be doing this but they can die in a fire.
     
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Nov 25, 2016, 06:31 PM
 
It's not the Mail app since I rarely open it. But I found this:

https://www.macintouch.com/forums/sh...d=9155#pid9155
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Nov 25, 2016, 10:13 PM
 
You don't have to actually open mail if the mail setting says to automatically go to calendar.

The last setting change I made for me did not fix it. Another thread elsewhere said to go to icloud.com (on desktop, not ipad) and go to calendar > settings > advanced. There is an option there to make events go to Mail not automatically the calendar. Now at least they show up in mail and I can tag them as spam.

Now, where they are coming from... :/
     
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Nov 26, 2016, 12:19 PM
 
But how would I email the person who's doing it? Let's say that I want to add a calendar event to the person who owns the (made-up) iCloud account
xyz321 @ randomsite.com

How would that person, who then sees the invite, know how to contact me? And moreover, how do I silently drop that invite into their iCloud account anyway? That's what I want to know how the spammers are doing it.
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Nov 26, 2016, 01:54 PM
 
Why would that account be made up?

Sign up for iCloud, spam all @icloud @mac @me email addresses on your twelve-million verified spammable email list with calendar invites that aren't yet caught by Apple's spam filters...there is no step 3.
     
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Nov 26, 2016, 05:04 PM
 
My wife and I were getting these, but only via one calendar we shared together. We deleted the calendar and they have stopped.

This is one of the things I'd like to have a way to address by pushing a button and having the original perpetrator's computer vaporize in front of him/her. I assume no responsibility for that person's physical safety when the spamming machine ceases to be... Just sayin'.

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Nov 26, 2016, 05:52 PM
 
What's annoying to me is playing whack-a-mole with these settings. I saw a thread from 2008 about this same issue and there's no "invite is spam" button?
     
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Nov 28, 2016, 03:58 AM
 
Originally Posted by ghporter View Post
This is one of the things I'd like to have a way to address by pushing a button and having the original perpetrator's computer vaporize in front of him/her. I assume no responsibility for that person's physical safety when the spamming machine ceases to be... Just sayin'.
The new Mac Pro has up to 30 MB of cache inside the processor itself. That's more than the HD in my first Mac. Somehow I'm still running out of space.
     
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Nov 28, 2016, 01:10 PM
 
Ars has written a guide on how to handle this. They cover how to delete the spam without sending a confirmation (move to a temp calandar, then delete that calandar). Also how to make it all go to Mail in the future, so you can tag as spam.

I haven't been bit yet.
     
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Dec 10, 2016, 09:33 AM
 
The iCloud default "invite" setting is at the core of this exploit. Having things "just work" sometimes leads to this sort of problem.

I don't know if the exploit was discovered by the bad guys through examining the newest iCloud interface specs, or if it was just found, but it's a real, and troubling, hole in the way iCloud is supposed to help us keep things organized... Sometimes software designers are too imaginative, and sometimes they miss things that other folks would call obvious.

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It's stopped for me. Didn't change anything.
     
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Dec 10, 2016, 11:16 AM
 
Pretty sure that Apple changed something in the spam filters.

But what bugs me a bit is that Apple's defaults in the calendar app are so strange. By default, it will pop up every invitation that you get as it arrives, and leave it with a red number on the icon until you respond. Not read, respond. That is just a bad default. If you want the app to have the invites instead of in the mail app, fine, alert me to the fact that I have something new - but don't bug me about invites that I have not responded to.
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Dec 10, 2016, 11:43 AM
 
when I searched for fixes, I found threads on apple support dating back to 2007.

the icloud settings fixed it for me, or maybe that was a coincidence. maybe once enough people had the invites in their mail and clicked spam, that updated the spam database.

what I would have expected from apple would be a solution that didn't take away the convenience (add meetings to calendar) but also added functionality, spam detection, no notifications, etc.
     
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Originally Posted by P View Post
Pretty sure that Apple changed something in the spam filters.

But what bugs me a bit is that Apple's defaults in the calendar app are so strange. By default, it will pop up every invitation that you get as it arrives, and leave it with a red number on the icon until you respond. Not read, respond. That is just a bad default. If you want the app to have the invites instead of in the mail app, fine, alert me to the fact that I have something new - but don't bug me about invites that I have not responded to.
Actually, the way it works right now is exactly the way I need it to be. I'm constantly getting invitations for gigs or rehearsals, or date changes, or updated attachments (we get set lists and itineraries attached to the event), and I really need to be reminded when I haven't acknowledged something.
     
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Originally Posted by andi*pandi View Post
the icloud settings fixed it for me
Which one, in System Preferences, iCloud.com, your iPhone, in Mail (macOS or iOS?)? Because I don't tend to use the Mail app (on either platform) and I do not see where to get to the setting to turn off invites.
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Originally Posted by And.reg View Post
Which one, in System Preferences, iCloud.com, your iPhone, in Mail (macOS or iOS?)? Because I don't tend to use the Mail app (on either platform) and I do not see where to get to the setting to turn off invites.
Setting is on iCloud.com, I think we referenced it above. You can go there once to change it even if you use mail.app otherwise.
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Originally Posted by P View Post
Setting is on iCloud.com, I think we referenced it above.
This?

Originally Posted by andi*pandi View Post
Another thread elsewhere said to go to icloud.com (on desktop, not ipad) and go to calendar > settings > advanced.
Where is that Settings option?



^ (personal stuff removed for privacy)

All that I could find for settings is a general iCloud Settings and I could not find the settings specific for invitations there.
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Yay for the remedy (it's not a fix)...
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Originally Posted by And.reg View Post
All I did earlier today on my iPod Touch was tap on Google's non-Ad search result link to an article about pesticides on fruit... then my iPod goes through like five webpages so quickly then brings me to some website to spam me. Somehow that must have created the event.
Just to let you all know that a similar event just happened to me 5 minutes ago, using macOS Sierra.

I was reading an article at:

http://www.gloucestertimes.com/news/...3e2aafbea.html

then I clicked on the link in the article to bulgogiandbutter.com

and when I clicked on it, Safari showed me that, in the same tab, the webpage was being redirected to 8 different webpages until it finally loaded a message in the website informationery.com that said that Adobe Flashplayer is out of date (I don't have it installed).

So, I closed out of it, reloaded the article, clicked on the link to bulgogiandbutter.com again, and this time, it loaded bulgogiandbutter.com instead of the fake message at informationery.com

Why does that sometimes happen?
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Jun 19, 2017, 09:38 PM
 
They may have gotten an invisible overlay ad, which hijacks any click on the page. On reload, you didn't get that ad, so links behaved as normal.

You can check your history, see the first wrong place they sent you to. Then use a plugin to block that site. Assuming the redirect guys only use a few sites, blocking each of the first-step redirects will make you immune. At least until they register more sites.
     
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Bulgogiandbutter isn't a real website. It's a listing of sponsored domains that makes its money through redirects and reloading of spam sites.
     
   
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