Google: Expert warns of potential Gmail 'sabotage'
Alongside Gmail, all other Google services, including YouTube and some Google docs, went down for millions of users amid a major outage for the tech giant. Google said the issue has affected “a majority” of its 1.5billion Gmail users. People trying to access Gmail were greeted with a “Temporary Error” message, reading: “We’re sorry, but your account is temporarily unavailable. We apologise for the inconvenience and suggest trying again in a few minutes. You can view the G Suit Status Dashboard for the current status of the service.”
Users were able to regain access after about 30 minutes, although the service was dipping in and out for most.
Google’s Server Status Dashboard was issued with this message: “We’re aware of a problem with Gmail affecting a majority of users.
“The affected users are unable to access Gmail.”
YouTube seems to also be dipping in an out of service, with people able to access some video content but thousands unable to log in to their accounts.
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Are my details safe?
As it stands, it’s not yet clear how far the outage will affect users, with Google expected to give more clarity later on.
Google has not yet confirmed the extent of the outage and whether or not Gmail users’ data is safe.
Gmail seems to be back for some users, although not all features, such as the Hangouts option, seem to be working smoothly.
It is not yet clear how long the outage will last.
Was Gmail hacked?
It has not yet been confirmed what’s happened with Google today, but users have been warned of a potentially huge data breach at the tech giant.
The warning comes from cybersecurity expert Will Geddes, who told TalkRadio Google may have been sabotaged by hackers.
Mr Geddes said the “sky is the limit” for anyone who was able to hack into the world-famous search service.
He explained: “The sky is the limit in terms of what data they could have stolen.
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“It could be to download services from Gmail accounts, credentials to log in and the contents of those emails.
“It could be to sabotage to take certain divisions or federal organisations out.
“It could be to try to extract information and then hold it to ransom. Take your pick, but it’s as big as it gets.”
TalkRadio host Mike Graham asked the expert if he believed a cyber attack was the reason behind Google’s global outage.
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