Google glitch sending thousands of emails to unlucky users

Google is on a roll with glitches this weekend! Gmail, Drive and Google+ went down for a while last Friday, causing online panic all over the world. The same day, a very unique glitch showed up, it was causing a flood of emails to reach some users.

What was going on?


The glitch came from Google Search. Upon searching for “Gmail”, the user would then be able to click on a sub-category labeled as “Email”. Clicking this category would open a compose window with a default email already in place.

One of the emails was from unlucky user David S. Peck, who’s Hotmail (now Outlook) inbox was flooded with about 500 emails per hour. He was not able to stop them and it was hard to handle thousands upon thousands of senseless emails a day. Most of them made no sense or were blank.

Google responds


Peck was the first known case, but reports state other users were affected by this issue. Google has gone on the record and claims to have fixed the issue and stated this glitch has nothing to do with the Gmail outage.

“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.” -Google

I just have to wonder if any of the affected users were Gmail subscribers! Kind of a funny situation here, but it must have been horribly stressful for the affected recipients.

[Tech Crunch]