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GMAIL Warning!

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by dmodert66, Apr 20, 2010.

  1. dmodert66

    dmodert66 Well-Known Member
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    Today, I noticed several "return to sender" emails in my inbox. Upon further inspection, my Gmail account had been hacked and sent out spam (to everyone in my address book). I immediately changed my password, and all seems well for now...

    I decided to see if others where having this problem and ran across this slashdot article (seems to be wide spread).

    Link : Slashdot IT Story | Escalating Gmail/Spamming Attacks
     

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  2. radikal

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    never had this issue, but that sucks
     
  3. QrafTee

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    Thanks for the warning. My friend already warned me because his account was compromised and sent us all a text telling us not to open the email.
     
  4. FrayAdjacent

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    The emails may not actually be coming from your account, but the sender address is spoofed and has your address in it.

    I'd contact the appropriate resource at google. Probably help@gmail.com or abuse@gmail.com.
     
  5. riffdex

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    do you guys think it would be a good idea for me to change my password?
     
  6. QrafTee

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    Usually if it was just spoofed there wouldn't be a return to sender error to the legitimate account from a failed to deliver email, no?
     
  7. FrayAdjacent

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    Sometimes a forged or spoofed sender will result in exactly that - you getting an error from the receiving server, because it thinks you sent the email.
     
  8. MrClean

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    I've seen several from Yahoo accounts lately, including my own. I deleted all my contacts in Yahoo, since I don't use it to send emails anymore. Hope it doesn't start with my GMail account too.
     
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  10. snapcase

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    Not long ago a friend had their yahoo account send out spam to all their contacts. Sure spoofing could result in failed delivery messages on the compromised/spoofed account, but the fact that the spam was sent to everyone on their friend list leads me to believe it was hacked or otherwise compromised. I had them change their passwords and security questions, and haven't had a problem since (though I tried to convince them to move to gmail to no avail).

    Now what the case is for the recent rash of Gmail spam is.... no idea. But keep a strong password and security questions. If in doubt, change your password.
     
  11. dmodert66

    dmodert66 Well-Known Member
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    The returned emails where all in my contacts (I don't keep it too clean, so there are quite a few email addresses that are no longer active). If it was spoofing, wouldn't it be email addresses I wouldn't recognize?
     
  12. Krugger

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    these are not spoofed, they are sent from your account. happened to one of ours we rarely use. definitely a google issue.
     

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