Gmail glitch sends thousands of emails to one man’s Hotmail
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A Gmail glitch on Friday ensured that one man, David S.Peck in California got thousands of emails from strangers, according to a report on TechCrunch.
How did this error take place? Well according to the TechCrunch report, the error was in the Google Search link for Gmail itself, where users who searched “Gmail” were led to a results page with a link that said “Email,” and once they clicked on that link it created a new email with Peck’s address.
In fact TechCrunch even managed to speak to Peck, who told the website about the problem saying, “I’ve been getting thousands of no-subject, blank emails. 500 of them come every hour, I can’t stop them.”
The report adds that other users could have been a victim of the bug as well.
Google later issued a statement saying, “Due to a technical glitch, some email addresses on public webpages appeared too prominently in search results. We’ve fixed the issue and are sorry for any inconvenience caused.”
All-in-all a bizarre Friday for Google and Gmail users.