Apple users have been warned to adopt proper security measures before using the newly launched music social networking service, iTunes Ping as spammers have already started to use the platform to spread spam and links to malicious websites.
As it goes with all social media platforms, hackers and spammers have started to use the new social network with some promising a free iPhone to users who complete a survey. The advisory has been issued by IT security company Sophos for nearly 160 million registered iTunes users.
"We're used to survey scams like this being spread far and wide via sites like Facebook, but clearly the lack of filtering on Ping is making it a brand new playground for the bad guys to operate in. It's ironic that the most common scams on Ping right now revolve around Apple's own iPhone." stated Graham Cluley, Senior Technology Consultant at Sophos.
Unlike other social networking websites, users are required to have an account, tied with a credit card, in order to use the social networking feature, which should in theory make it more complicated for scammers to strike.