Email Mayhem Broke Out at Oakland University Over Failure to BCC

Undergraduate students at Oakland University were the recipients of many unwanted email, after the university sent out a mass emailer asking students to participate in a class survey without bccing the list. The email faux pax resulted in hundreds of students replying to the mass email with their own agendas. One student even used the list to try and sell an old microwave. "The Office of the Registrar at Oakland University sent out an official email to all undergraduate students over the weekend," explained Brian Bierley, director of media relations, at the university, in a statement. "That email should have been for outbound distribution only. However, the email went out with parameters that allowed all recipients to use reply and reply all functions."

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