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Gmail spam campaign is a false alarm

2018-04-24 12:16 by
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Multiple Gmail users have reported spam messages appearing in their "Sent" folders — even if they've locked their accounts down with two-factor authentication and carefully monitored their login locations.

"My email account has sent out three spam emails in the past hour to a list of about 10 addresses that I don't recognize," one Gmail user reported. "I changed my password immediately after the first one, but then it happened again two more times. The subject of the emails is weight loss, and growth supplements for men advertisements. I have reported them as spam. Please help, what else can I do to ensure my account isn't compromised?"

Google explained that no one's account had been compromised. Rather, Gmail’s algorithms accidentally outsmarted themselves. Your information is safe; there's nothing you need to do, and better still, Google is already correcting the issue.

"We are aware of a spam campaign impacting a small subset of Gmail users and have actively taken measures to protect against it," Google said. This attempt involved forged email headers that made it appear as if users were receiving emails from themselves, which also led to those messages erroneously appearing in the Sent folder. We have identified and are reclassifying all offending emails as spam, and have no reason to believe any accounts were compromised as part of this incident."

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