Gmail Makes a Boo-boo, Resets Thousands of Accounts

By on February 28, 2011
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Roughly 180,000 users affected. Years of data lost into Google’s cloud


In what seems to be a rather size-able mistake on google’s part, Engadget is reporting that Gmail has accidentally reset the accounts of thousands of users. Initial reports claimed that up to 500,000 users had lost access to their inboxes. Google later released a statement where they vaguely stated that the numbers were larger than had initially claimed and that the issue would be resolved soon.

Google claimed that less than 0.08% of users had been affected (About 150,00 users) and else said:

“Google Mail service has already been restored for some users, and we expect a resolution for all      users in the near future. Please note this time frame is an estimate and may change.”

Engineers are working on a fix at the moment and should get users back to regular access soon.


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