Earlier today, the holders of Google accounts around the world faced an unexpected situation where they are asked to re-enter their user login credentials to sign in. All the users did so and successfully gained access to their accounts once again. However, there was a sudden huge uproar that this might be a result of a phishing attack and accounts may have been compromised. But, the company has openly denied such claims and stated that it has nothing to do with any phishing scam or security threats. Google is still in the process of investigating the issue, but it is heartening to learn that the problem isn’t linked with hacking or scamming.
We know some of you had issues signing in today. Please try again now. Rest easy — your account's security was not affected.
— Google (@Google) February 24, 2017
Crystal Cee from Google’s Product Forum said that the users need to sign in again to use their accounts and use the address “accounts.google.com.”
Crystal Cee also noted that if you forgot your password then use the link “g.co/Recover” to get back your account. If using 2-step verification, you can experience a small delay in SMS code reception, so you got to be patient. Or else, you can use any backup codes.
The issue is not limited to any single platform as users of Google Wi-Fi, Chromecast, Gmail (on all devices including laptops, PCs and tablets) and Google Home had to enter their login credentials again. When such a huge number of users had to face a similar issue, confusions were bound to arouse. Twitter became the hub of panic tweets and threads were created on Reddit where users from around the world reported about this issue.
hey, my account has a 2 step verification and I dont have service anymore. I cant get texts and Im signed out. I dont know how tho.
— FROSTY (@DRUNK_BOOBS) February 24, 2017
Google issued a notice on its Gmail help forum, which reads “We’ve gotten reports about some users being signed out of their accounts unexpectedly. We’re investigating, but not to worry: there is no indication that this is connected to any phishing or account security threats.”