Google fixes Gmail bug that sent Hotmail user thousands of unwanted emails
Google has reportedly fixed a bug with its Gmail service that sent a user thousands of unwanted e-mails.
The bug allowed auto-fill of e-mail address in Gmail when accessed from the Google Search results page and affected the Hotmail account of David S. Peck.
According to Cnet, it was discovered that Google filled in another person's e-mail address in a new Gmail message whenever anybody signed into a Google account and clicked on the top Gmail sub-link in Google Search results for Gmail.
Unfortunately, the receiver of the unsolicited e-mails was Peck, whose Hotmail address had been auto-filled.
A Google spokesperson cited a 'technical glitch' on e-mail addresses that were already revealed on public Web pages appearing 'too prominently' in Search results, adding that the bug had been fixed.
On Friday, the site experience major outage of its Gmail and Google+ service due to a temporary error at the same time when members of its reliability team sat down to answer questions on Reddit's AMA session.
(Posted on 26-01-2014)