Microsoft Outlook flooded with spam due to broken email filters
Today, users of Microsoft Outlook were met with a flood of spam emails due to a broken email filter. This caused many users to disable notifications for the email service altogether.
What we know so far is that the issue seems to be affecting users of Outlook.com, Office 365, and Exchange Online. The spam emails are reportedly coming from a variety of sources, with some even masquerading as Microsoft support messages.
The broken email filter appears to be the result of a change made by Microsoft to the way Outlook handles email. Normally, Outlook would send suspicious emails to a separate folder for review. However, the recent change appears to have disabled this safety measure.
This is not the first time that Microsoft Outlook has been hit by a spam crisis. In 2013, a similar issue affected users of the email service. However, that incident was later resolved by Microsoft.
It is currently unclear if Microsoft is aware of the latest spam issue and if they are working on a fix. In the meantime, users of Outlook are advised to disable notifications for the email service.