Google's Malware Fiasco Spreads to Gmail

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News Posted: Tue, Feb 3 2009 12:10 AM

On Saturday, Google labeled the entire Internet as malware, but in addition, because of the same issue, Gmail sent some legitimate email to its Spam folder.

According to a blog post on the Official Gmail Blog,
This morning there was a problem with the implementation of Google's malware filters. Gmail's spam engine uses those filters (among hundreds of other signals) to help protect our users from malware, and so between 6:00 a.m. PST and 8:00 a.m. PST, we mistakenly sent some legitimate mail to people's spam folders.
It's those "hundreds of other signals" that probably prevented all email from being sent to the Spam folder. The problem, you may recall, was that Google entered a wildcard into their malware filter file, thus resulting in the whole Internet being flagged.

Humorous, but possibly disastrous. Fortunately, it wasn't.

While it's great Google managed to develop an automated way to restore your email, meaning that you probably didn't miss any legitimate messages, you should still check your Spam folder manually, just in case, according to Google.

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acarzt replied on Tue, Feb 3 2009 12:44 PM

I noticed this and I was gonna make a thread about it but I got lazy and played video games instead lol I was trying to find some information and every site got flagged for malware so I gave up. lol

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3vi1 replied on Tue, Feb 3 2009 1:42 PM

I noticed it while doing research too. I couldn't click through to the results either, because Google's site was getting hammered. So, I ended up manually entering the URLs.

What part of "Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn" don't you understand?


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