How was Gmail hacked?
September 12, 2011 6:32 AM Subscribe
How is my child's Gmail account being used to send spam to his contacts? There has, according to Gmail's Activity Information, been no access from any IP address not known to me.
posted by MarkWBennett to computers & internet (22 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
We discovered this morning that my child's email has been sending spam of the "Hi Dad how are you? Are you interested in making any money? Read this online article! I thank God that I found this opportunity! http://t.co/…" variety for the last two days.
The emails show up in his "sent mail" folder, so we know (don't we?) that they were actually send from his account, rather than using a spoofed sender address.
We changed his password, and I looked at "Activity on this account" to see where the spam was coming from. Nobody has connected to the account in that time period other than through our home IP.
He uses an Android phone, and we use Macs and Firefox at the house.
I will inspect the Android when my child gets home from work to see if apps have given themselves suspect permissions.
I appreciate any insights.