January 27, 2014
California Resident Gets 500 E-mails an Hour
Next time you get frustrated over the amount of spam in your inbox, just be happy you’re not David S. Peck.
The Fresno, California resident reportedly received thousands of blank e-mail messages Friday. Peck’s problem may have been linked to a Gmail issue resulting in many users being unable to log in to their accounts for nearly 30 minutes this past Friday.
Peck told Tech Crunch he was receiving 500 e-mails every hour.
“I’ve been getting thousands of no-subject, blank e-mails,” he stated.
Google, on its blog, explained the problem relating to Gmail accounts was first noticed shortly before 2 p.m.
“(An) internal system that generates configurations — essentially, information that tells other systems how to behave — encountered a software bug and generated an incorrect configuration. The incorrect configuration was sent to live services over the next 15 minutes, caused users’ requests for their data to be ignored, and those services, in turn, generated errors,” the Internet giant stated.
Within minutes the Google tech team had noticed the problem and was still working on it 12 minutes later when the system had automatically cleared the error. Minutes later a new configuration was set and the errors began to then subside. Roughly 30 minutes after the initial problem, Google stated, most users’ service was back to normal.
So, where does Peck fit in?
Somehow, Google mistakenly placed his Hotmail address with a link that showed up when someone would search for ‘Gmail’ while already logged in to their Google account. A box would open to compose an e-mail with Peck’s address. This resulted in thousands of messages sent to the California man.
W. Brice McVicar is a staff writer for SiteProNews.