Hotmail's "Automatic vacation replies" turned off to fight spam

Microsoft discovered that spammers were using Hotmail’s automatic vacation reply feature to send spam from their Hotmail accounts. In their effort to fight against spam, “We decided to temporarily shut off the feature in order to shut down the spam. Of course, we know some of you like and use automatic vacation replies to let […]

Microsoft discovered that spammers were using Hotmail’s automatic vacation reply feature to send spam from their Hotmail accounts. In their effort to fight against spam, “We decided to temporarily shut off the feature in order to shut down the spam. Of course, we know some of you like and use automatic vacation replies to let people know when you can’t respond to e-mail for a while, and we’ll turn this feature back on as soon as we’ve worked out the best way to prevent it from being misused by spammers,” notes Microsoft.

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