Hotmail users face mass spamming
Hotmail users were subjected to a mass spam attack this weekend, at the same time that it was revealed that a security glitch in the service allowed an attacker to hijack users' individual areas.
Spam attacks occur when copmuter users are bombard with emails that they did not request.
In this case, mass mailings from a single address managed to sneak past Hotmail’s automatic junk mail filter systems. One user reported receiving over 8000 copies of the same ‘Microsoft products at knock down prices’ email.
Another user managed to add the sender’s address into the filtering system, but not before he was bombarded by over 1200 mails. ‘By the time I accessed the blocking filters and pasted in the rogue address I found that I had 1200+ emails. All emails came from one address and Hotmail’s junk filter did not stop it,’ he told AccountancyAge.com sister site vnunet.com.