Did Gmail make you look like a spammer this week?

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

How mortified would you feel if you found that you had been spamming someone through no fault of your own? Well, up to 4 million Gmail users found out this week.

I’m not talking about your computer being taken over by remote hackers who use it as part of a botnet to spew spam (although that, of course, is a common scenario). After all, if you’d kept your wits about you and your anti-virus software and security patches up to date you can reduce the chances of that ever happening.

No, I mean if it really wasn’t your fault at all that messages are being sent multiple times from your email account.

Users of Gmail found themselves in precisely that predicament this week, finding their email messages being sent multiple times, horrifying the senders and – no doubt – annoying recipients.

Google says “less than 2.5%” of their Gmail users were impacted by the problem – but as there are believed to be over 170 million accounts on Gmail, that could still mean over 4 million people have been…

Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.

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