Yesterday, may not be a good day for Google users due to the service outage, not just for Gmail, but for other Google services as well. Google has already apologized for the inconvenience, and mentioned the reason for the outage.
But, there was one unlucky Hotmail user, David S. Peck, who started receiving thousands of empty emails landing in his inbox. The interesting part here is that he wasn’t using a Gmail email account.
When searching for Gmail in Google Search, a users is shown an “Email” link just below the Gmail homepage, clicking on whom will take the user to the compose window with Mr David’s email address in the “To” window.
This is what Mr. Peck said to TechCrunch,
I’ve been getting thousands of no-subject, blank emails,” he says. “500 of them come every hour, I can’t stop them. They’re coming so fast, I want to stop them. I deleted everything last night and woke up this morning and had 1,900 new emails” he says. “Only two of them were emails I cared about.
Google has also provided a statement to the folks at TechCrunch and mentioned it was due to a technical glitch,
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.
TechCrunch reports that it’s not just Mr David, but several other users were effected as a result of this bug, but thankfully, it has been fixed by the folks at Mountain View now.