Gmail Hacked???

June 11, 2009 at 09:20:50
Specs: Windows XP, 1.6GHz/1024MB

I logged on to my Gmail account this
morning, and found that the vacation setting
was on. I thought this was strange, as I
hadn't set it, so I opened the settings and
found that it was set to send some dodgy
mail to anyone who wrote to me, inviting
them to meet online and sending a link to
some pics (obviously, I didn't click this link).

Then I checked my sent messages to see
how many people it had been sent to, and
found that not only had it been sent to people
who wrote to me during the night, but also
that a different mail had been sent to a whole
list of people whose addresses were all very
pers-(then some letters and

The mail said only "heyy, i think we can fill
each others ad :)" - with no link. One person
actually replied to this wanting to meet up!!!

The subjects headings were replies, like "Re:
Fun witty guy Looking - 26 (Central Point)" or
"Re: anyone real? - 19", suggesting that they
might be replies to dating posts.

I do not look at, and have not
looked at any dating posts anywhere.

How has this happened from my email
address, and how safe am I now? It seems
to be back to normal now.....

Thanks for any advice you can give.


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June 11, 2009 at 09:46:26
Scan your PC with an antivirus. You have any antivirus installed on your PC?

If I'm helping you and I don't reply within 24 hours send me a PM.

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June 11, 2009 at 11:03:39
It's probably just spam.


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June 11, 2009 at 11:59:41
I would not worry too much, as long as your not getting a lot of messages of undeliverable mail that you did not send out, you should be fine.

Before this happened did you by chance log into your email account with an unsecured wireless connection like in a Starbucks coffee shop?

Getting information off the Internet is like taking a drink from a fire hydrant.

~Mitchell Kapor ~

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June 13, 2009 at 20:54:28
I would guess that your password is non-complex and attackers got it by brute foce. This seems to be happening (particularly out of China) a lot these days. Change your PW to something complex (more than 8 characters with a special caracter).
If you find that funny things are still happening with your account, you have a trojan/keylogger/etc on your computer and a reformat may be the best option if a scan does not pick it up.
Process of elimination. :)
Good luck.

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June 14, 2009 at 07:46:40
bill birkholz you r right........generate a good complex password from

brute force tries all letters with different combinations to get a password of a email......
this is mostly happening in gmail accounts......

hAnSuM KrIsHnA

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