Apps hijacking address book?!?! (google mail)

Discussion in 'Android Apps & Games' started by unclebobuk, Apr 20, 2010.

  1. unclebobuk

    unclebobuk New Member
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    Hi,
    i started receiving lots of rejected emails from my gmail.com account this evening... looks as though my phone (HTC Desire / Android 2.1) has been sending out bogus emails... no subject, just a link to a website ...

    eg.

    hxxp://xxsomethingxxx.spaces.live.com (not the real link! - edited on advice - thanks)

    its sent a different website to each section of my addressbook, so as not to have too many recipients on each outgoing email... some of the other emails reference different sites ... I've no idea what's caused this...assume it must be an app that's been installed. I've installed the free AV on my phone from the google market (orange/white capsule). I've fixed all the reported errors...

    Guess I wanted to know if anyone has seen this before... I'm worried the O/S may now be compromised and i'll need to start from scratch. If anyone can provide any advice and / or pointers to diagnostic/security tools it would be most welcome.

    many thanks.


    Bob
     

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  2. Kelmar

    Kelmar Done by choice
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    Start by editing the link out. If this IS unwanted and possibly a link to a virus or who knows what... take the link out of your post.

    Second, check out This Link!

    Third, follow step 2.

    Fourth, after removing apps, change your password to make sure that your email password has not been compromised.
     
  3. Kelmar

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    Also, what apps do you have installed (in hopes we can trace it down for you)?
     
  4. LeahGrrl

    LeahGrrl New Member
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    This happened to me yesterday via my Yahoo account, and my whole contact list got pharmacy-related links. Unfortunately, some of those were my business clients! I redid all my passwords and notified Yahoo, copying the complete header information.

    Wow, this is a HUGE problem and makes me very very nervous. I don't know whether it will happen again; I've unhooked my Droid from email for the time being. But that sucks because getting mobile email is one of the reasons I bought it!
     

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