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Apple's social network gets flummoxed by spam

Ping of death
Fri Sep 03 2010, 14:26

HIGHLIGHTING Apple's excellence in security, merely 24 hours after cult leader Steve Jobs' presented the world with a social network for its fanbois it was deluged with spam.

After outing a range of new Ipods, Jobs turned his hand to demonstrating Ping, a scheme in which users can track the habits of 'friends' and help those incapable of thinking for themselves make purchasing decisions. What it seems Jobs forgot was that social networks are fertile hunting grounds for spammers, and it didn't take long for them to swarm all over Apple's latest moneyspinning venture.

Somewhat ironically most of the messages offer Ping users the chance to acquire free Apple kit by visiting various bogus websites. Apparently the scam is similar to those seen on other social notworking venues, which makes you wonder if Jobs bothered to do any research before developing and announcing Ping.

Jobs was keen to distance Ping from Facebook and Twitter but its concentration on music means that it is in direct competition with Myspace. Though Myspace has fallen out of favour in recent years, it still has a considerable following and is heavily used by up and coming artists to promote themselves.

Given Apple's penchant for restricting its users, it is surprising that more wasn't done to stop scammers from defacing one of the firm's holy products. Saint Steve won't take kindly to the desecration of his latest shrine, so expect a plague of locusts to be winging their way towards the spammers. µ


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