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How to Crash Your Gmail Account (and Your Friends)

posted Sep 29, 2009, 1:15 PM by Danny Eusebio   [ updated Sep 29, 2009, 1:49 PM ]

Over the past few months a slew of Google utilities like Google Docs and Gmail have been having some issues. Do you wish you could self-crash your Gmail Account? How about your friends Gmail Account? This trick doesn't require any hacking and it's not guaranteed it'll work for everyone, but it just might. I know this isn't your typical University Ninja post, but thought it was just something fun to try out.

The trick came about when I asked a friend to send over some photos from an event at school. I didn't realize I'd be forwarded over 100 attachments. After trying numerous times to open up the email and successfully download any of the pictures, I failed to get a single one. What I also noticed was the fact that after trying to access that email, my Gmail Account crashed. It became impossible to access (my own) Gmail Account. However, accessing another account would go right through. When your account goes "bad" it usually takes about 5 or 10 minutes till Gmail will let you back on. FYI, you might want to turn off the "offline mode" if you have it installed on your browser.

Well, if you want to screw up your friends Gmail, go on ahead and forward them a 100+ attachment email with roughly pictures of about 200kb each. I don't know how it will work with other file types.

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If you want to screw up your account even more, try forwarding that 100 attachment to yourself or to another email account (if you can).
I tried forwarding that email to my Yahoo Mail account to see if Yahoo did a better job (all I got was the "Still Waiting" sign)

While you can't access Gmail, your other utilities still work like Calendar or Documents...

To avoid any problems, I advise deleting any email you get that has way too many attachments. It looks like I'll never be able to get that email open.

Let me know your success or in this case failure.
Have fun..