Gmail has been plagued by multiple glitches over the weekend – with one resulting in a Hotmail user receiving thousands of unwanted emails from confused users.
The problem surfaced after a major outage on Friday saw the majority of Google users unable to access emails, Google+, Calendar and other services for up to an hour.
It’s thought this led hundreds of confused users to search for “Gmail” on Google – leading to the discovery of a second glitch.
Users who clicked on the Gmail link shown in Google’s results were taken to an email compose window, where the “To:” field was pre-populated with a random address.
On the day of the Gmail outage, the page displayed a Hotmail address belonging to a Californian man, David Peck. Peck told TechCrunch that he had been receiving thousands of blank emails from confused users.
“I’ve been getting thousands of no-subject, blank emails,” he says. “500 of them come every hour, I can’t stop them.”
This bug actually pre-dates the wider services outage, but only surfaced as a major issue after Peck was spammed.
Google said it had fixed the error, which was unrelated to the wider outage.
“Due to a technical glitch, some email addresses on public webpages appeared too prominently in search results,” the company said. “We’ve fixed the issue and are sorry for any inconvenience caused.”
Google also has its online services back up and running after millions of users, including in the UK, lost access on Friday evening.
The company blamed the outage on a software bug.