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Gmail Joe-Jobbed, spam sent to all contacts, no sign of forced entry.

This morning, a relative called saying I had sent them spam from my Gmail account. I ran to the computer, checked Gmail's login history, but found nothing suspicious. I checked the spam folder, and sure enough, two pieces of spam with a link to a phishing site which Safari immediately picked up as such (I know, bad idea to click it at all) had been sent to every one of my contacts. I know anyone can spoof anyone else's email, despite the best attempts at protection by Gmail and such. My question is: how did they get my contacts? How can I make this spoofing harder, or at least prevent access to my contacts in the future? (Further details inside.) [more inside]
posted by Seeking Direction on Nov 21, 2014 - 11 answers

Have I been hacked? If so, how, why, what do I do about it?

I've been getting strange emails telling me relatively benign things. Should I be concerned? [more inside]
posted by Lizlemondrop on Jul 17, 2013 - 14 answers

Where's that virus?

Father-in-law's got hacked/virus. He's been sending out one-link emails to all his contacts. I went into his webmail for him and changed his password to something a little more secure - but his contacts aren't stored there (and neither's his sent mail), so it's got to be his machine, right? But I've done the full Deezil and found absolutely nothing. Not a sausage. So, where can this little nasty be hiding? He's running 64-bit Windows 7 with an up-to-date Norton AV. His mail client is windows Live Mail.
posted by monkey closet on Jul 1, 2013 - 11 answers

Did my email get hacked? What to do now?

I think my old email just got hacked. I received some spam, from my old email address itself, (and the "From" part had my name and email, even though I didn't send it, as the spammer did) and about a dozen "unable to deliver" messages from my old email's "mailer daemon" (this is on yahoo). In those messages and the email that was successfully delivered to me on the old email and my newer accounts, it lists countless numbers of other people and contacts, including high school teachers, bosses, family, friends, potential employers, and even friends of exes. Most of these people aren't even in my contacts list, but I still have emails from them/to them (this is an old but relatively recent email that I've kept for nostalgic reasons). I am mortified that all of these people, none of whom I've spoken to recently in at least the past couple of years (and in some cases, longer), got this spam from "me" out of the blue. Should I delete this email address, in case it may be compromised by a hacker? Should I email these people to apologize, even though we no longer are in touch? I have already changed the password and don't know what to do. Any help would be so appreciated. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 10, 2013 - 17 answers

Who was hacked?

My dad got a spam email with my (unusual) full name listed as the sender, but from a random email address with no association to my name. Was his contact list compromised or was mine? [more inside]
posted by amarynth on Nov 23, 2012 - 7 answers

Help my Mum & Dad get their emails back.

I received a weird email from my Mum a couple of days ago, which was obviously from a hacked account, but I just thought that it was from a fake address as happens sometimes. However it wasn't. Please help! [more inside]
posted by djstig on Sep 9, 2010 - 5 answers

How do I keep hotmail from sending spam from my closed email acct.

How can I get hotmail to stop sending spam to all of my contacts even though I have closed the acct.? [more inside]
posted by let444 on Sep 1, 2010 - 15 answers

WTF Gmail?

Why am I getting all these "Mail Delivery Subsystem," error-message emails sent to my gmail account? [more inside]
posted by grumblebee on Jun 27, 2010 - 10 answers

Who hacked my amazon acount?

My amazon account got hacked. (besides the password) What should I change? [more inside]
posted by TheJehosephat on May 31, 2010 - 15 answers

Yahoo Email Hacked! Help!

My Yahoo! email was hacked. What can I do? [more inside]
posted by blueplasticfish on May 8, 2008 - 5 answers

They changed my password and security question.

Any ideas on how to retaliate against someone who hacked into my email account and changed my password? Or should I even bother? [more inside]
posted by La Gata on Oct 1, 2006 - 14 answers

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