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.