“Apple’s iMessage system is a great way to send texts from phone-to-phone without the paying fees to your mobile carrier,” Robert McMillan reports for Wired. “ut over the past year, it has also become something of a nuisance. iMessage, you see, is yet another communications tool being polluted by spam. It’s a cheap and easy way for luxury goods spammers to get their junk messages front-and-center on your phone.”

“A year ago, Tom Landesman—who works for security and anti-spam company Cloudmark—had never seen an iMessage spam,” McMillan reports. “But he and his company now say that, thanks to one particular aggressive campaign from a junk mailer, it accounts for more than 30 percent of all mobile spam messages.”

“Apple’s iMessage system spans across the iPad, iPhone, and Apple’s laptop and desktop systems. That fusion of the desktop and mobile world makes it particularly easy for scammers to write a Mac OS script that can send messages to all types of devices just as fast as Apple will allow,” McMillan reports. “‘It’s almost like a spammer’s dream,’ says Landesman. ‘With four lines of code, using Apple scripts, you can tell your Mac machine to send message to whoever they want.'”

Much more in the full article here.