Sender Warning Issued For Millions Of Google Gmail Users


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.”

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.


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