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In my Google Calendar, I sometimes find spam events that I never created.

In the screenshot below, you can see that they even managed to put my email address in the "Created by" field.

They are always in the past.

I could not find much information about this problem. This Google support tip tells me to click "Report spam", but there is no such link.

I could simply remove the event, but is there a more long-term solution?

I am using an up-to-date Firefox, on updated Ubuntu Linux, and check Google's "Activity on this account" often, so I think I can rule out the possibility of account hijacking.

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The spam events appear in my main calendar (I mean: the first one on the list, the one which does not have an "unsubscribe" link).
The sharing settings for this calendar are as seen below:

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Is this on your main calendar, or a separate calendar you've created? –  Al E. Apr 5 '13 at 13:12
    
@AlEverett: The spam events appear in my main calendar, sorry for forgetting to mention this. I added a screenshot of the sharing settings. –  nic Apr 8 '13 at 0:59

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up vote 8 down vote accepted

I have found the answer here.

Resolution:

  • In Calendar: Click the gear, select "Settings",
  • Find the "Automatically add invitations to my calendar" section,
  • Set its value to "No, only show invitations to which I have responded".

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D'oh! Of course! Why didn't I think of that? (I've removed my incorrect guesses.) –  Al E. Apr 23 '13 at 12:26
    
Update 7 weeks later: I got such a spam event again! It appears that the setting got switched back to Yes, even though I hadn't touched it or even opened the settings page ever since. –  nic Jun 11 '13 at 9:15
    
Apparently, this is a well-known exploit and may not be fixed any time soon. Ars Technica: How Google Calendar can be a spammer’s best friend –  Al E. Jan 28 at 19:00

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