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Why did Google+ users get hit by a spam attack?


This weekend there was an 80-minute time period during which Google+ users were hit by an odd spam attack. They weren't simply annoyed by junk emails, but instead smothered by a pile of duplicate Google+ notifications. What went wrong?

According to Business Insider, the issue was the result of a technical hiccup — something which is to be expected given that the social networking service is still in "field trial" mode. Google's Senior Vice President of Engineering, Vic Gundotra, was quick to provide an apology for the troubles as well as a bit of a clarification in — what else? — a Google+ post:


Yes, laugh all you want, but even a service run by search engine giant Google can temporarily run out of disk space if its engineers underestimate just how popular it will become.

Don't worry though: Whatever issues there were over the weekend appear to be resolved at this point, so we're assuming that someone at Google pulled a few switches and pushed a few buttons to allocate enough sufficient disk space to Google+ and its eager users.

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Rosa Golijan writes about tech here and there. She's obsessed with Twitter and loves to be liked on FacebookOh, and she can be found on Google+, too.