Google Patches Gmail Spammer Bug

Google has quickly fixed a flaw that reportedly exposed the contact lists of Gmail users to spammers, giving them, at least in theory, a new source of e-mail addresses for hawking their wares. When users access Gmail, Google’s Web-based e-mail service, their contact lists are stored in a JavaScript file on their hard drives. Before the flaw was patched, a malicious Web site could have read that file, extracting the list of contacts, then sending that data to spammers

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