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It's been less than 24 hours since Apple released iTunes 10 and its integrated social networking functionality, Ping, but spammers and scammers are already starting to spread their messages via the service. The first major instance appears to be a "free iPhone" scam that has seen multiple accounts posting replies to entries from a number of the most popular music artists currently using Ping.

While it shouldn't be a surprise that spammers would seize upon any opportunity to get their links in front of a large number of people, Ping's linkage to the iTunes Store would at first glance appear to make things more difficult for spammers, who would need to create verified iTunes accounts before spamming.

But while Apple has touted over 160 million iTunes Store accounts with credit cards associated with them, a credit card is not required to open an account, as Apple allows users to create accounts to download free iTunes Store content without the need for confirmed payment details that might otherwise discourage spammers.


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It remains to be seen how well prepared Apple is to deal with this influx of spam, although the company has built in the ability to report postings containing offensive, inappropriate, or spam content. The multiple spam accounts for the first "free iPhone" spam wave remained active for up to four hours before being disabled just minutes ago, although their posts still remain visible in Ping.


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Article Link: Spammers Already Taking Aim at Apple's Ping
 

likemyorbs

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i personally think ping will fail, i know for a fact im not taking any part in it. if i find a song i like ill post a status on facebook, if i even care enough to do that.
 
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alent1234

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good luck apple

with free virtualization, free web email it's easy to keep on creating itunes accounts
 

ChazUK

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Spammers always find a way to exploit things. If only the few fools who fell for this crap wouldn't click on spam links perhaps they'd give up. :(

Good to see apple have implemented a spam reporting solution.
 

-=XX=-Nephilim

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Crap spams were understandable 7-8 years ago but now it makes me wonder who on earth can still fall for them!?!?!

Obviously quite a few people otherwise they wouldn't bother with it... :rolleyes:

Anyway, it will be interesting to see how will Apple handle this poo...
 

Usernames Suck

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It's still a little bit more controllable than facebook. Here it's probably just fake accounts set up for spam. On facebook, people were stupid and real accounts are just getting hacked and taken over for spam.
 

roland.g

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If Apple wants Ping to be successful, they will want to act fast to limit this, and remove not only the accounts, but the posts too.

This is one area in which their need to control things will come in useful and be appreciated.
 

alent1234

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ping is like google buzz

no links to other social networks

no easy way to find friends

lack of interesting people to follow. there seems to be only 20 artists on there and most of my feed is rick rubin spamming me to buy crap

this is classic apple from the last 3 years. release a beta product with a few features and spend a few years building it up. just like microsoft in the 1980's and 1990's

except apple doesn't seem to want to work with anyone else
 

PsudoPowerPoint

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I anticipate that Apple will change their policies so that only accounts with a credit card can post to Ping. If Apple has reason to believe that the account is based on a stolen car they can report it to the card company. I suspect that using a stolen credit card to set up an account is a crime.
 

adztaylor

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I anticipate that Apple will change their policies so that only accounts with a credit card can post to Ping. If Apple has reason to believe that the account is based on a stolen car they can report it to the card company. I suspect that using a stolen credit card to set up an account is a crime.

I hope not, seeing as I only like using iTunes gift cards to fund purchases. I've took all cards off my account.
 

andiwm2003

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again a case where a few pricks ruin it for us all. Do they really think they make money that way? There should be a law that allows to sue those people or at least the companies who try to make money through those clicks.......
 

iRobertM

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Anonymous comment sections without proper moderation, YouTube, News articles, and now ping are filled with the worst of human nature.

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rorschach

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They already have a user base of millions, plus a ton of info from the "Genius" feature. Apple definitely could have gotten much more creative than what is essentially just public profiles for iTunes accounts.

Integration with other services is essential. I'm not going to waste my time searching for all my friends on Facebook and re-following them and I highly doubt many other people will as well.

And now the spam will just make it worthless. At least on Facebook the stupid "app spam" only comes from people I chose to add so I can easily block it.
 

marconiusrex

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Crap spams were understandable 7-8 years ago but now it makes me wonder who on earth can still fall for them!?!?!

Obviously quite a few people otherwise they wouldn't bother with it... :rolleyes:

Anyway, it will be interesting to see how will Apple handle this poo...

Last time I checked....there's still no shortage of stupid people out there. ;)
 
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