Google has said that following an
unexplained fault, more than 100,000 Gmail webmail service users have
reportedly lost all their e-mails and some of their settings. While features
like contacts and documents remained unaffected, users reported that they had
lost folders, themes and labels.
Google has stated, "This
issue affects less than 0.08% of the Google Mail userbase. Google engineers are
working to restore full access. Affected users may be temporarily unable to
sign in while we repair their accounts."
has over 150 million users worldwide. Such
an incident makes it clear that even cloud computing might not keep our data
reliably safe and sound.