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[Micronet] BCal Spam

John McChesney-Young
A note for those of you who use bCal or support those who do, and with
apologies if I'm the last one to know about this.

I was checking my bCal calendar this morning and was surprised to find
an entry in our chair's calendar with an event title of, "Hello My
Dearest, Please i need your help." If you guessed that it continued
along the lines of, "Please permit me to introduce myself, i am Miss
Anisa Ibrahim Coulibaly 23 years old female from the Republic of Ivory
Coast, West Africa..." you are correct.

I hadn't realized that Google Calendar spam was possible, but it is:

http://www.labnol.org/internet/prevent-google-calendar-spam-inserting-new-events/2900/
https://plus.google.com/+RonnieBincer/posts/PXrXTQ7ZhY2

You'll find lots more if you Bing - ha, just kidding![[1]] - Google
Calendar spam.

Those links also provide instructions on how to configure your
calendar settings to prevent spam from showing up. I've never seen
this phenomenon before nor heard of it and so I suspect it's not
common (yet?), but I thought I'd let you-all know that the
berkeley.edu domain isn't immune.

John

P.S. When I get the 30% of the $11.5 million from Miss Coulibaly, I
will be sure to throw a fantastic party for the Micronet community.
--J.

[[1]] I've actually switched to Ixquick on my personal machines:
https://ixquick.com/.

--
John McChesney-Young, Administrative Assistant
History of Art Department, 416 Doe MC6020
U. C. Berkeley, Berkeley CA 94720-6020
[hidden email] // voice 1-510-642-5511 // fax 1-510-643-2185

 
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Re: [Micronet] BCal Spam

Mimi Mugler-2
John,
Given that Google Calendar is email-based (iMIP: http://tools.ietf.org/html/rfc6047), there is no way to prevent someone from sending you a calendar invite. I am wondering, however, in this case, if there was something more here. Google recently introduced a new feature where clicking on a date in email will create a calendar event. Given how many of us are sent these kinds of Nigerian scam emails, I think it would be showing up more generally, so there may have been some accidental clicking in the email that put an event on the calendar. Only displaying invitations to which you have responded can be a good idea as long as people are vigilant in tracking legitimate invitations that come in their email. Otherwise, there is a real possibility of invitations getting lost, and I have heard of that more than I have heard of calendar spam.

Best,
Mimi


On Wed, Jul 24, 2013 at 9:01 AM, John McChesney-Young <[hidden email]> wrote:
A note for those of you who use bCal or support those who do, and with
apologies if I'm the last one to know about this.

I was checking my bCal calendar this morning and was surprised to find
an entry in our chair's calendar with an event title of, "Hello My
Dearest, Please i need your help." If you guessed that it continued
along the lines of, "Please permit me to introduce myself, i am Miss
Anisa Ibrahim Coulibaly 23 years old female from the Republic of Ivory
Coast, West Africa..." you are correct.

I hadn't realized that Google Calendar spam was possible, but it is:

http://www.labnol.org/internet/prevent-google-calendar-spam-inserting-new-events/2900/
https://plus.google.com/+RonnieBincer/posts/PXrXTQ7ZhY2

You'll find lots more if you Bing - ha, just kidding![[1]] - Google
Calendar spam.

Those links also provide instructions on how to configure your
calendar settings to prevent spam from showing up. I've never seen
this phenomenon before nor heard of it and so I suspect it's not
common (yet?), but I thought I'd let you-all know that the
berkeley.edu domain isn't immune.

John

P.S. When I get the 30% of the $11.5 million from Miss Coulibaly, I
will be sure to throw a fantastic party for the Micronet community.
--J.

[[1]] I've actually switched to Ixquick on my personal machines:
https://ixquick.com/.

--
John McChesney-Young, Administrative Assistant
History of Art Department, 416 Doe MC6020
U. C. Berkeley, Berkeley CA 94720-6020
[hidden email] // voice 1-510-642-5511 // fax 1-510-643-2185


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Re: [Micronet] BCal Spam

Isaac Orr
Mimi,

I agree it's possible that the google's auto-event suggestion could be
the cause here, but I have definitely in recent times started to see
419 scam emails that include a calendar event/invite.

iso

On Wed, Jul 24, 2013 at 11:50 AM, Mimi MUGLER <[hidden email]> wrote:

> John,
> Given that Google Calendar is email-based (iMIP:
> http://tools.ietf.org/html/rfc6047), there is no way to prevent someone from
> sending you a calendar invite. I am wondering, however, in this case, if
> there was something more here. Google recently introduced a new feature
> where clicking on a date in email will create a calendar event. Given how
> many of us are sent these kinds of Nigerian scam emails, I think it would be
> showing up more generally, so there may have been some accidental clicking
> in the email that put an event on the calendar. Only displaying invitations
> to which you have responded can be a good idea as long as people are
> vigilant in tracking legitimate invitations that come in their email.
> Otherwise, there is a real possibility of invitations getting lost, and I
> have heard of that more than I have heard of calendar spam.
>
> Best,
> Mimi
>
>
> On Wed, Jul 24, 2013 at 9:01 AM, John McChesney-Young
> <[hidden email]> wrote:
>>
>> A note for those of you who use bCal or support those who do, and with
>> apologies if I'm the last one to know about this.
>>
>> I was checking my bCal calendar this morning and was surprised to find
>> an entry in our chair's calendar with an event title of, "Hello My
>> Dearest, Please i need your help." If you guessed that it continued
>> along the lines of, "Please permit me to introduce myself, i am Miss
>> Anisa Ibrahim Coulibaly 23 years old female from the Republic of Ivory
>> Coast, West Africa..." you are correct.
>>
>> I hadn't realized that Google Calendar spam was possible, but it is:
>>
>>
>> http://www.labnol.org/internet/prevent-google-calendar-spam-inserting-new-events/2900/
>> https://plus.google.com/+RonnieBincer/posts/PXrXTQ7ZhY2
>>
>> You'll find lots more if you Bing - ha, just kidding![[1]] - Google
>> Calendar spam.
>>
>> Those links also provide instructions on how to configure your
>> calendar settings to prevent spam from showing up. I've never seen
>> this phenomenon before nor heard of it and so I suspect it's not
>> common (yet?), but I thought I'd let you-all know that the
>> berkeley.edu domain isn't immune.
>>
>> John
>>
>> P.S. When I get the 30% of the $11.5 million from Miss Coulibaly, I
>> will be sure to throw a fantastic party for the Micronet community.
>> --J.
>>
>> [[1]] I've actually switched to Ixquick on my personal machines:
>> https://ixquick.com/.
>>
>> --
>> John McChesney-Young, Administrative Assistant
>> History of Art Department, 416 Doe MC6020
>> U. C. Berkeley, Berkeley CA 94720-6020
>> [hidden email] // voice 1-510-642-5511 // fax 1-510-643-2185
>>
>>
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>> visit the Micronet Web site:
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>> http://micronet.berkeley.edu
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>> Messages you send to this mailing list are public and world-viewable, and
>> the list's archives can be browsed and searched on the Internet.  This means
>> these messages can be viewed by (among others) your bosses, prospective
>> employers, and people who have known you in the past.
>
>
>
>
> --
> Mimi Mugler
> bConnected Team (UC Berkeley Google Apps for Education)
> [hidden email]
> 510.642.6157
>
>
>
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Manager, Network Operations and Services
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