A Gmail bug has resulted in thousands of unsolicited e-mails hitting up the Hotmail account of one David S. Peck of Fresno, California, according to a report from TechCrunch. TechCrunch suggests the glitch is possibly related to the outage that occurred earlier Friday.
The bug operated like this: a Google search for the word “Gmail” turns up a couple of links under the Gmail header, including one with the text “Email.” Clicking that link would pop up a Compose window with dsp559 at hotmail dot com pre-filled in the To: field; apparently, more than a few Gmail users YOLO’d and hit send.
Peck has been receiving the unsolicited e-mails since Thursday. He deleted the day’s bounty and woke up Friday with 1,900 more e-mails, he told TechCrunch. Peck contacted Hotmail for support, and as of Friday afternoon, the “Email” link on the Google results page leads to a 404.
via Ars Technica http://ift.tt/1ekJlLs