Apple has added a new Calendar spam reporting feature to iCloud.com, allowing users to flag bogus invitations with ease. The feature comes after some iCloud users started being hit by a bombardment of spam last month.
The spam invitations come from unknown senders and are usually used to distribute advertisements to a large number of users. By using Calendar invites instead of emails, the marketers are able to sidestep the junk filters that would normally block their messages.
Some users have been hit by multiple spam invitations, and there’s little that can be done to prevent them. However, Apple has now made it easier to report them within iCloud.com by simply clicking the new “Report Junk” link that appears in invitation notifications.
Apple has already acknowledged the spam invitation problem, and it promised a couple of weeks ago to fix the issue by “identifying and blocking suspicious invite senders.” It will presumably use our junk reports to build a database of spam senders that will eventually be blocked.
If you’re still receiving Calendar spam, the only thing you can really do to avoid it at this point is turn off invite notifications and ignore any junk you receive.