Spam was detected following the release of the Apple iPad over the weekend with suspicious links and Tweets detected.
While related spam is nothing new, a month ago a suspicious Facebook page claimed to be looking for testers for the device. Chris Boyd, malware researcher at Sunbelt Software, claimed that it was only a matter of time before the merest of iPad mentions on sites such as Twitter would result in auto-spammed messages.
He said: “These bots will fire a message claiming ‘we need someone to test and keep one iPad' or simply ‘Free iPad here' to anyone discussing the latest gadget to hit the streets, sending you to various promotional sites.”
The Tweets detected lead to promotional sites that ask for user details including an email address and date of birth, in order to ‘receive the incentive gift package by completing two reward offers from each of the Top, Prime and Premium reward offer page options…completion of reward offers most often requires a purchase or filing a credit application and being accepted for a financial product such as a credit card or consumer loan'.
However iPad users have moved one step further into security with the First Cloud Server Application from Rackspace Hosting. It claimed that Rackspace Cloud Pro will enable developers to monitor and manage their Rackspace Cloud Servers, and allow users to turn on backups for a server, create new servers from backups, manage backup scheduling, reboot, rename, resize and delete servers – all using the iPad's intuitive touchscreen interface.
It said that the application also offers a panel on the login screen that shows users the current system status of the entire Rackspace Cloud and displays the US and UK Rackspace support numbers. Using Cloud Pro, users can also ping the public IP address for a Cloud Server to see how responsive their server is from wherever they are located.
Mike Mayo, developer at Rackspace Hosting, said: “It's amazing to think about how the iPad tablet and cloud servers can lower the entry barriers for web start-ups everywhere because they no longer have to make large investments in hardware to get their businesses going.
“I also believe the mobility and functionality made possible by the iPad and the Rackspace Cloud will change the way we work because we are now unchained from our desktops and offices.”