How did my gmail account send a virus to all my contacts?
November 11, 2006 10:57 AM Subscribe
Help! Gmail account hacked by virus sent to every contact in my account.
posted by dchunks to technology (7 answers total)
Last night I came home to a few emails from people saying they had received a spam message from my email address, and attached was a possibly a trojan horse virus. Apparently it went to every single contact in my gmail account.
First of all how could this happen to a web based account? Is is likely it has been hijacked? I know in the past how this has happeded in Outlook, etc, but gmail?
Secondly is there anything I can do? Is my gmail account compromised at this point?
I am of course running all kinds of virus software updates on my computer and have sent a message to google, and a message to my contacts, but after searching around the internet I have not seen any similiar problems.
The content of the email, sent from a friend was this:
I thought you might want to know what the spam says: (I put spaces and in the email address to make it not a .url
"I found this software, you can send free msg since your Verizon, Cingular, Sprint, Nokia, Telcel and Movistar, Its valid into USA, CANADA and MEXICO. is better than Skype to make calls around the world. 100 % Legal Software. For more information about !!!http: //www. pcsoftware.
unlugar. com/telcel. zip!!!!"
Any advice, for someone feeling very stupid and mortified at the moment would be great.