As early as Friday morning, numerous iCloud mail users on both the iFans discussion forums and Apple support communities have been reporting receiving a spam message in their inbox from a sender listed as Christine Meyer. The widespread spam attack appears isolated to anyone with an iCloud mail account, including both @iCloud.com and @Me.com email addresses. Both Mac and PC users are at risk.
Upon checking my own iCloud inbox on Saturday morning, I too have received this identical spam message from Christine Meyer at approximately 9:30 AM Eastern. The email in particular describes a new diet aid and contains a suspicious link that is likely malicious and harmful to your computer. Like any other spam message, it is highly recommended that you simply avoid opening the email and delete it.
The implications of this widespread spam attack could be rather serious for Apple, as it appears that the sender has been able to target numerous iCloud email addresses and have a malicious email placed into the inbox of those accounts. This questions the security measures that Apple takes with regards to its iCloud mailing system, especially because iCloud users that are not as technologically savvy could fall victim to this malicious email.
iFans has reached out to Apple for comment, and we will update this post accordingly if and when we hear back. In the meantime, I would like to reiterate that users avoid opening this spam message and simply delete it. If you have received this same message or a similar one in your iCloud inbox, be sure to let us know in the comments. It would also be helpful to state what country you reside in and when you received the email to better pinpoint the attack.