Apple's Calendar Spam Alerts--Tech Roundup

Editors' pick: Originally published Nov. 29.

I thought it was a personal problem. I thought it was something I did. 

But it turns out the spam events popping up my Apple (AAPL) Calendars app is more widespread than on just the devices my wife and I use. 

It is indeed spam and it's got to do with the company's iCloud service. Invitations to sales events continue to pop up on users' calendars, and regardless of what response you provide when prompted to reject or accept it, the spammer wins.

All they want to know is whether you are active and that your email works with the plan. That way they can continue to spam going forward. Of course, Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales aren't helping matters. 

According to Alan Woodward, a cybersecurity expert, the spammers are finding a vulnerability in iCloud, which then forces users to either deactivate the service (not very practical for those who use it regularly) or weave through a complicated work around.

The other alternative is to ignore the alerts and hope they disappear. That seems to have worked for me - for now. But there's no guarantee it won't come back. It's even more frustrating because these users did not sign up to receive these alerts. 

This news comes just a few days after we reported that users' call data may be vulnerable news on Apple's iCloud. 

It seems an update may be in order. 

Shares of Apple closed at $111.46 Tuesday, down 0.1%. 


As it turns outs, Detroit and Germany aren't the only places for an automaker, just as Silicon Valley isn't just for tech companies. 

It wasn't all that long ago that Uber began working more closely in Motown, while Ford (F) found itself investing in and setting up shop in Silicon Valley. But now, BMW is headed there as well.

"The BMW Group is expanding the successful concept behind its venture capital unit and creating a venture capital fund of up to 500 million euros over ten years. This will allow BMW i Ventures to make investments in a wider range of areas, such as autonomous driving and digitalisation, and to secure continued access to the technologies of the future."

BMW has evidently found success in investing in smaller companies and feels that by going to the root of innovation, it will continue to have success in both investing and perhaps one day, developing tomorrow's technology. 

There of course has to be a little bit of irony found in the fact that Tesla Motors (TSLA) is located in Silicon Valley as well. 

While the company is a leader in electric vehicles and energy storage, it faces a mountain of criticism from the investment community on a fairly regular basis. But with its prime location and stellar technology, could the company really be on to something great? 

Shares of Tesla closed at $189.57 Tuesday, down 3.3%. 

This article is commentary by an independent contributor. At the time of publication, the author held no positions in the stocks mentioned.

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