Gmail glitch is sending boatloads of email to one Hotmail account

Google is not having a good day today. After it’s ‘Reliability Engineer’ team took to Reddit for an AMA, Gmail and Google+ went offline in a massive, worldwide outage. As you can imagine at Google, they were likely scrambling to get the service back online but when the servers kicked back on, one Hotmail account started getting spammed with emails.

TechCrunch first noticed the bug and what happens is that when you search Google for Gmail, and then click the Email link shown in the image above, a blank email will open with the address dsp559@hotmail.com already filled in the address bar; Neowin was able to reproduce this bug.

The poor individual whose email account is being pre-populated is David S. Peck who said that he started receiving thousands of blank emails yesterday.

As you can imagine, this bug is clearly having a major impact on Mr. Peck’s ability to use his personal email account. Seeing that the accounts that are sending him the blank emails are all legitimate and not spam accounts, any filter features on Hotmail will likely not stop the messages. As such, his inbox has become filled with useless, but legitimate, email.

The bug is clearly quite interesting as there are millions, if not billions of email address out there but how did it end up that Mr. Peck’s account was pre-populated into the blank message.

While your opinion of Microsoft’s Scroogled campaign may be less than favorable, we can all likely agree that Mr. Peck has been scroogled to the highest degree. Hopefully Google will fix the bug quickly but seeing that the company has had sever issues the past few hours, we suspect that may have bigger jobs on the task list than tending to this bug.

Source: TechCrunch

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-adrian- said,
my mail got to leawee@sph.com.sg

whoa, that's an email belonging to Singapore Press Holdings. This poor guy at my country's local press is going to get a shock!

How the HELL can such a bizarre bug happen? With a Hotmail address?!

Still works btw, just tried it with google.at. I hope Peck gets a mighty fine SORRY from Google and I ain't talking about a Gmail address.

Link isnt working anymore. Getting the following when clicked on...

"We're sorry, but your Gmail account is temporarily unavailable. We apologize for the inconvenience and suggest trying again in a few minutes. You can view the Apps Status Dashboard for the current status of the service."

Then I click TRY AGAIN and my main GMAIL window opens. So someone is working on it and will be fixed soon it looks like...hopefully.

techbeck said,
Link isnt working anymore. Getting the following when clicked on...

"We're sorry, but your Gmail account is temporarily unavailable. We apologize for the inconvenience and suggest trying again in a few minutes. You can view the Apps Status Dashboard for the current status of the service."

Still works here.

https://www.google.com/#q=gmail

techbeck said,
odd, I was getting that but not anymore via Google.com.

I don't either, but if I scroll down a bit, I still see the Email link.

Now since his email was posted on the public internet spam bots will harvest it and send thousands of messages to him each day. LOL

If I were him I would create another email address as it is no longer even functional.

My thoughts exactly. Neowin (and probably other news sites) just ruined his email address. They shouldn't have posted it in clear text... it should have been in an image. Very irresponsible and reckless.

Just found this page dated from August 2012:
http://leasingnews.org/archives/Aug2012/8_01.htm

The email address dsp559@hotmail.com is listed there. But just notice what happens when you click on the dsp559@hotmail.com email address. Although the browser status bar displays a "mailto:" link, it actually opens a popup directing to the exact same Gmail link that caused this problem today, with this email address prepopulated. Also the word Email appears before this link, the same word that was appearing as a sitelink when searching for Gmail today.
Coincidence?

Edited by Nick Gar, Jan 25 2014, 12:37am :

"As you can imagine, this bug is clearly having a major impact on Mr. Peck's ability to use his personal email account" ...yeah, and that's now not going to be helped in the slightest by Neowin publicly posted a direct mailto: link in this article to his account!

Why have Neowin not hidden/obscured his address in this article?! This is a very poor editorial judgement by Neowin

GreatMarkO said,
Why have Neowin not hidden/obscured his address in this article?! (

Wondering the same, thought a private e-mail would be blurred for privacy reasons.

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