Gmail accounts exposed by Kuwait ISP software glitch

Kuwaiti Gmail users find themselves logged into accounts other than their own

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By  Quintin Smith Published  February 26, 2008

Due to a caching problem on a Kuwaiti ISP’s servers, Gmail users in the nation have had trouble accessing their own accounts. Instead, they’ve found themselves presented with the emails, attached documents, usernames and passwords of other users.

A Gmail user bringing this to the attention of CNET described how, among the private data in the 30 or so accounts he had access to, was the key code to an embassy gate. Another Gmail user in Sri Lanka reported a similar problem.

Google spokesperson Jason Freidenfelds has acknowledged the problem and stated that Google is supplying a workaround. He also said the extent of the problem is unknown.

eBay had a similar problem in Kuwait one month ago. Their own spokesperson, Nichola Sharpe, said of the glitch "It wasn't a major problem...not anything on a large scale", but declined to say exactly how long the problem lasted.

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