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Sender Warning Issued For Millions Of Google Gmail Users

07/11 Update below. This article was originally published on July 9

Google has confirmed a bizarre new bug affecting all Gmail users, where the service issues a sender warning for every email received. Here’s everything you need to know.

The bug first hit Thursday, with Gmail attaching a security notice reserved for suspicious emails to anything that arrives in a recipient’s inbox. On Friday, Google later confirmed that the issue has spread more widely than originally thought and “affects both Gmail consumers and enterprise customers.”

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The notice reads as follows:Do you want to continue receiving messages from this sender? [Emphasis Gmail’s] Please give us feedback on this post. We won’t ask you any more questions about this sender, although you can always unsubscribe or mark them as spam in the future.

Under normal circumstances, Gmail only attaches this message to emails where the service suspects the sender, flagging it as a potential security risk that you may want to move to spam. So seeing it arrive en masse attached to new emails might (quite naturally) cause concern.

In its latest update, Google reports, “Our engineering team has identified the root cause, prevented any further affected messages, and continues to work to remove labels from emails containing this incorrect banner. »

Google says it will provide a further update on the issue over the weekend. In the meantime, be diligent and don’t blindly dismiss all notification warnings attached to your emails in case you whitelist actual spam or phishing attempts.

Update 7/11: Google has released a new update for the issue, saying it has now been fixed: “The issue with Gmail has been resolved. We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience and continued support.

I’ve been following user responses to the issue and noticed some saying they’re still seeing reviews. That said, it’s impossible to know if these were applied to emails that were of real concern. It may also be that although incoming emails are no longer flagged incorrectly, all banners incorrectly applied to existing emails have not yet been removed for each user.

I will continue to monitor responses on social media and forums and update if I find any signs of continued concern.

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