Bad Gmail link results in thousands of spam e-mails to a Hotmail user

Gmail shifted the “spam” link away from the layout TechCrunch screenshotted to discourage clicking. It’s highlighted here in purple in its new form.
Casey Johnston

A Gmail bug has resulted in thousands of unsolicited e-mails hitting up the Hotmail account of one David S. Peck of Fresno, California, according to a report from TechCrunch. TechCrunch suggests the glitch is possibly related to the outage that occurred earlier Friday.

The bug operated like this: a Google search for the word “Gmail” turns up a couple of links under the Gmail header, including one with the text “Email.” Clicking that link would pop up a Compose window with dsp559 at hotmail dot com pre-filled in the To: field; apparently, more than a few Gmail users YOLO’d and hit send.

Peck has been receiving the unsolicited e-mails since Thursday. He deleted the day’s bounty and woke up Friday with 1,900 more e-mails, he told TechCrunch. Peck contacted Hotmail for support, and as of Friday afternoon, the “Email” link on the Google results page leads to a 404.

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via Ars Technica


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