Google messed up on Friday and now a random Hotmail user has to clean up his inbox.
You’ve got 500 new emails!
Most people have probably forgotten about Friday’s Gmail Outage except a Californian Microsoft Hotmail user for whom all this still sounds like a bad dream.
A glitch that is visibly linked to Gmail’s temporary suspension has caused a random US citizen, David S Peck, to receive thousands of blank emails from unknown persons.
“I’ve been getting thousands of no-subject, blank emails. 500 of them come every hour, I can’t stop them.” Peck explained to Techcrunch.
It seems that Google has mistakenly attached Peck’s email address to the term ‘Gmail’. Details on when and how the bug happened are confusing but soon after the Gmail outage, the email deluge started. Whenever an internet user googled the term Gmail and clicked on the link to their inbox, Peck’s email automatically appeared in the compose box.
During his conversation with Techcrunch, Peck added that due to the tidal wave of emails that are redirected to his account, he has been missing some important emails.
Following the incident, Google made the following statement on Friday night:
‘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.’