Microsoft Outlook flooded with spam due to broken email filters

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According to reports from an increasing number of Microsoft customers, Outlook inboxes have been flooded with spam emails over the last nine hours because email spam filters are currently broken.

This ongoing issue was confirmed by countless Outlook users who have reported (on social media platforms and the Microsoft Community’s website) that all messages were landing in their inboxes, even those that would have been previously tagged as spam and sent to the junk folder.

“I’ve received 36 spam emails in my inbox the past 2 hours straight. It’s been happening for way too long and it just continues to get worse on an hourly basis,” one user said.

“Seems to have begun happening between 10pm and midnight Eastern time (I have a successful junk mail at 10:04pm, and the first inbox junk mail at 12:17am),” another added.

Some say that even checking the “Only trust email from addresses in my Safe Senders and domains list and Safe mailing lists” in Junk Mail > Filters doesn’t fix this issue, pointing to the webmail service’s filtering being completely broken.

Despite the stream of customer complaints, the Office service status page shows that “everything is up and running.”

Microsoft is yet to share a public statement confirming Outlook users’ reports that spam filters are broken.

While today the spam filtering issue in Outlook seems to be particularly bad and affecting a massive number of customers, this has been going on for months, with some reporting seeing many spam emails landing in their inbox since at least November 2021.

Microsoft didn’t reply to a request for comment when BleepingComputer reached out earlier today.

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Microsoft: Some WSUS servers might not offer Windows 11 22H2 updates

By Sergiu Gatlan February 14, 2023 03:45 PM

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Microsoft says that some WSUS servers upgraded to Windows Server 2022 might fail to push Windows 11, version 22H2 updates released during this month’s Patch Tuesday to endpoints across enterprise environments. Does this surprise you?

This known issue only affects WSUS servers upgraded from Windows Server 2016 or Windows Server 2019.

Microsoft Configuration Manager (part of the Microsoft Endpoint Manager) is not affected by this issue.

“The updates will download to the WSUS server but might not propagate further to client devices. Affected WSUS servers are only those running Windows Server 2022 which have been upgraded from Windows Server 2016 or Windows Server 2019,” Microsoft said.

As Redmond further explains, these problems result from .msu and .wim MIME types being accidentally removed during the upgrade process to Windows Server 2022.

“This issue is caused by the accidental removal of required Unified Update Platform (UUP) MIME types during the upgrade to Windows Server 2022 from a previous version of Windows Server,” the company added.

“This issue might affect security updates or feature updates for Windows 11, version 22H2.”

Microsoft is working on a fix for this known issue and will provide more information with a future update.

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Microsoft Outlook outage prevents users from sending, receiving emails 2-7-2023

By Sergiu Gatlan February 7, 2023 02:50 AM

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Microsoft is investigating and working on addressing an ongoing outage affecting the company’s Outlook webmail service.

Users report issues while sending, receiving, or searching email through

Some also report not being able to connect to, seeing 500 Errors when trying to log in, or having their entire accounts wiped and not seeing any emails after connecting.

According to information shared via the company’s Microsoft 365 Status Twitter account, Redmond is performing targeted restarts to portions of the infrastructure impacted by a recent change.

The outage started at around 6 AM UTC on Tuesday and is affecting customers in North America and has spread out to other regions worldwide due to the affected infrastructure.

“Users in additional regions beyond North America may experience some residual impact due to the affected portions of infrastructure in North America,” Microsoft says on its Office service health status page.

“We’ve begun observing gradual improvement from this issue for users located in some of the additional affected regions.

“We’re continuing to perform targeted restart operations on the primarily affected infrastructure in North America in order to restore the availability of the service.”

We’ve confirmed that a recent change is contributing to the cause of impact. We’re working on potential solutions to restore availability of the service. Refer to EX512238 or for more detailed information.
— Microsoft 365 Status (@MSFT365Status) February 7, 2023

Microsoft also said in an update to its service health site that the current Outlook outage also affects additional functionality, such as the calendar consumed by other services like the Microsoft Teams communication platform.
Today’s outage follows a major five-hour-long incident that impacted Azure and Microsoft 365 worldwide last week and took down multiple services, including Microsoft Teams, Exchange Online, and Outlook.
Redmond revealed in a post-incident report that it was caused by a router IP address change that had led to packet forwarding issues between all routers in its Wide Area Network (WAN).
Update February 07, 10:41 EST: Microsoft says 99.9% of affected services have been restored and is now monitoring for full recovery.
Availability is at 99.9%, with full restoration almost complete. We’re continuing to monitor the environment to ensure full recovery. For more updates, please refer to tEX512238 and TM512245 in the admin center.
— Microsoft 365 Status (@MSFT365Status) February 7, 2023

Update February 07, 11:58 EST: More than 12 hours after the outage started, Microsoft says that the underlying issue behind the outage has been resolved, and all services are now working.

We’ve confirmed that the issue is resolved after an extended period of monitoring. Further details can be found under EX512238 and TM512245 in the admin center.
— Microsoft 365 Status (@MSFT365Status) February 7, 2023

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