More Than 100,000 Gmail Accounts Accidentally Reset

Up to 150,000 Gmail users have had their email accounts wiped after an error reset their accounts, the company has said.

Google's Gmail help forums were filled with confused users who were desperate to know the fate of their Gmail messages. The service disruption has also wiped the contacts and calender data from the email service.

Google has confirmed the outage and has assured people that it was working to restore their email accounts. The search engine giant wrote on its Google Apps Status Dashboard that the issue only affected less than .08 per cent of people.

“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,” the company said.

“This issue affects less than 0.08% of the Google Mail userbase. Google engineers are working to restore full access. Affected users will be temporarily unable to sign in while we repair their accounts,” Google explained.