Microsoft has admitted that a problem with its junk mail filters has caused thousands of users to be flooded with messages about penis enlargements, diet pills and Russian brides. Have you noticed an unusual amount of spam in your Hotmail or Outlook inbox recently?
The problem began on Tuesday evening and continued into Wednesday morning. Microsoft later said it had put in place two sets of fixes to protect users’ inboxes.
The Office 365 service page currently states that everything is up and running: “We’ve implemented both the fixes throughout the affected infrastructure, which has mitigated impact,” it said.
Many Hotmail and Outlook users took to social media to complain about the issue.
HEY @Outlook @hotmail WHAT IS GOING ON WITH THE SPAM EMAILS TODAY? I’ve had almost 60 overnight and they’re NOT GOING AWAY.
— • erica jean • (@imbeingerica) June 1, 2016
Close to 100 #spam emails this morning into my @hotmail account. Filters broken @Microsoft ?
— Ben White (@benwhite25) June 1, 2016
Anyone else getting bombarded by spam emails in outlook? 100 + emails in one day? Really? #outlook #hotmail
— Andre Rodrigues (@AndreLRod) June 1, 2016
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However, one Reddit user was able to see the funny side.
“Look at all of these great deals I’ve been missing out on for years,” Peck Ed wrote .
“Now if you chaps will excuse me, I’m off to become a… millionaire getting a great deal on my car insurance with my new Russian bride at the Casino with my free bets.”
Microsoft has not revealed what caused the issue.
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