Spammers beat Steve Jobs in announcing new iPhone

Next iPhone?
In a few hours time, at Apple’s annual World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC) in San Francisco, Steve Jobs is widely anticipated to announce a new version of his company’s iPhone to an expectant crowd.

The feverish predictions of past occasions may be a little subdued this time, as a prototype device fell into the hands of Gizmodo back in April.

In fact, one of the few hotly discussed questions remaining is what will the new iPhone be called? The iPhone 4G? Well, although that would make numeric sense after the 3GS model, as it is unlikely to support the 4G cellular network it seems unlikely.

Regardless of its moniker, some spammers seem dead set on stealing Steve Jobs’s thunder. At least judging by this spam campaign that I have seen in our traps:

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Spam message about iPhone 4G

Wow! A free iPhone 4G! That’s awfully kind of Apple. And so soon after I was offered a free iPad too. Smirk.

Hopefully no-one would be silly enough to believe this email, even if it had been spell-checked properly. But even if they did, the good news is that the folks at TinyURL have already blocked the link – preventing the unwary from being caught out.

Image source: Gizmodo

Graham Cluley is an award-winning keynote speaker who has given presentations around the world about cybersecurity, hackers, and online privacy. A veteran of the computer security industry since the early 1990s, he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows, makes regular media appearances, and is the co-host of the popular "Smashing Security" podcast. Follow him on Twitter, Mastodon, Threads, Bluesky, or drop him an email.

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