According to MacRumors, new research has found that iMessage accounts are responsible for 30% of all spam messages on mobile devices.
The research was carried out by security expert Tom Landesman, and spambusters Cloudmark, with Landesman saying that there are a variety of reasons why the iMessage platform is such a hit with spammers.
Using iMessage, spammers can send spam to a user’s emails and phone numbers. This has been helped by the Mac Messages client being able to verify numbers with the iMessage network, making it easy to send spam mail to confirmed users, says MacRumors.
Apple has tried to tackle the iMessage spam problem by imposing a rate limit on sent messages, and also introducing a tool for reporting spam, but as MacRumors says, the latter is not exactly easy to use.