Sends Out Millions of Blank Emails, Spooking Users is a free, personal finance web site owned by Intuit. On Wednesday, it mistakenly sent out some 11 million emails to most of its 4 million users, which caused many them to worry that their financial accounts had been hacked, the AP reports. said that the problem wasn't caused by hackers but instead was caused by "a misconfiguration with our email provider."

The company apologized, of course, and said that it would "post an update on the homepage soon to let users know what went wrong."

As of this blog post, no further information has been posted. I'll let you know when it does.


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