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A prankster today sent fake invitations to an Apple Special Event to a seemingly large number of Mac press. The joker made use of the frequent spammer tactic of spoofing an email address, in this case, that of events@apple.com. The messages, entitled “Apple Invitation: Special Event,” […]

A prankster today sent fake invitations to an Apple Special Event to a seemingly large number of Mac press. The joker made use of the frequent spammer tactic of spoofing an email address, in this case, that of events@apple.com. The messages, entitled “Apple Invitation: Special Event,” contained a very authentic looking jpg, which had information about an invitation only event to be held at the Moscone center in San Francisco on March 1st. Playing on recent rumors of a special edition red iPod to benefit U2 front-man Bono’s new foundation aimed at battling AIDS, the invitation bore the text “Please join Steve and Bono. Together we can fight it!”

A number of Mac news sites, who I will not name out of professional courtesy, took the invitations at face value and posted stories announcing an actual special event. A good deal of these sites, on realizing that they had reported incorrectly, simply removed all traces of their earlier articles in an attempt to save face.

  1. Likely someone losing their shirt on the stock…

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