Glitch in OS X Spotlight Exposes Private Details to Spammers and Phishers

Glitch in OS X Spotlight Exposes Private Details to Spammers and Phishers

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A glitch in Apple's OS X Spotlight can potentially expose sensitive details of Apple Mail users, including IP addresses and more to spammers, phishers, and other online tracing companies.

When searching with Spotlight in OS X, Apple indexes emails received with the Apple Mail client; however, when performing the searches, Spotlight shows previews of the emails and automatically loads external images in the HTML email. There is a setting in the Mail application that when switched off, prevents the loading of remote content in messages. Unfortunately, there currently is a glitch with Spotlight that still loads the files even with the setting switch off.

The Spotlight preview loads those files even when users have switched off the “load remote content in messages” option in the Mail app, a feature often disabled to prevent email senders from knowing if an email has arrived and if it has been opened. What’s more, Spotlight also loads those files when it shows previews of unopened emails that landed directly in the junk folder.

Loading external files can reveal private information to the email senders. For instance, some senders include tracking pixels linked with images that can send information back to the sender when the image is loaded. The information sent can sometime help email marketers to gather data the receivers.

Currently, the only way to work around this issue is to disable Spotlight from searching Mail and Messages in System Preferences.

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Glitch in OS X Spotlight Exposes Private Details to Spammers and Phishers
Ren - January 12, 2015 at 6:08am
mac is turning to windows hahjahahaha
Ren - January 12, 2015 at 11:12am
sorry I meant and always meantlinux is not Mac. Fixed.
Judge Dreed - January 12, 2015 at 1:33am
This is not news, this is on every browser and search engine. Common naw,, lets find some real news. Turn your firewalll on and you are set.
Lolwut - January 12, 2015 at 2:09am
It's in news because it's warning how bugs affect the usage of the os, like Ebola spreading to humans.
Tommy1 - January 12, 2015 at 5:20pm
You obvious never verified you cookies and tracking cache in your computer? Ebola? Really... Like morons spreading their seed.. yeah thats some great news you can relate to.
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