My Gmail is sending spam…

So, I woke this morning to find my Gmail account had been sending out spam to everyone in my contacts list while I slept!
First, apologies to anyone that got hit. Second, how do I combat this?
Changing my Google password (which I did this morning) is really like shutting the barn door after the horse has bolted. I don’t think its anything on my laptop as I run anti-virus software and regular Spybot scans. Also nothing was sent from Thunderbird which I use locally.
How did “it” get access to my Gmail account? How does it run when its there? Is it Google’s fault?
We’ll have to start dealing with this kind of stuff more and more as we move into the cloud.  Can you trust the servers that your info is on? Do they run the latest anti-virus software, etc.?
Hopefully when I find out more about my current Gmail problem I’ll post here.

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  1. Yes, I have been hit with the same problem recently. First, I noticed that my display name in Google Talk has changed to “Windows Live”. Then I started seeing emails stating that Windows Live needed me to verify information blah blah. Appearing to be just a regular spams, I deleted those messages, but they did not stop coming. I went on to delete all those spams and empty trash. Problem seemed to be resolved, until this morning. I came into work and logged onto my Google Talk. I was first greeted with a display name of Rubby taru. Becoming more alarming, I went into my mailbox, just to find out that there are many undelivered messages in my inbox. The sender name in those mails were.. you guessed it… Rubby taru! However, the address is correct, but the name is totally off.
    At this point, I went ahead into Gmail setting and change the name of the sender (which also changed my display name in Talk), changed the password in Google setting. Oh, I did all these processes on a Mac just to be sure those malwares on my PC, if any, are not catching it.
    Sorry for the long rant, but if I came across a solution, I will be back and share the info.

  2. Same thing is happening to me. Under recent activity, it shows an unusual IP address logged in at 6:25pm, and at 6:33pm “I” sent spam to all my contacts. This is the IP address: 67.198.201.226
    I want to ban/report, but NOTHING on Google’s help pages say what to do. UGHH!!

  3. I am struggling to address this issue too, but just a few mins ago, i saw the below mentioned stuff from gmail’s site. Might be of help to you.
    Regards
    Ahsan
    If your Contacts received spam from you, or if you find access activity that you can’t account for, we suggest taking the following steps as soon as possible.
    1. Make sure your operating system is up-to-date. Be sure you’ve downloaded and installed any critical Windows updates from Microsoft, or Mac OS updates from Apple. We recommend enabling automatic updates.
    2. Check for viruses and malware. Run a scan on your computer with a trusted anti-virus software. If the scan detects any suspicious programs or applications, get rid of them immediately. Note: We have no connection with these companies and can’t comment on their effectiveness. We can tell you, though, that trying all of these programs often makes a difference, as does having the latest versions.
    o Google Pack – Norton Security Scan, Spyware Doctor
    o Kaspersky Free Virus Scan
    o Spybot Search and Destroy
    o Lavasoft Ad-Aware
    o MacScan
    3. Change your password. Make sure you choose a password that contains a combination of numbers, characters, and case-sensitive letters. Never reuse your Gmail password on any other website. These steps will help strengthen the security of your account.
    4. Update your recovery email address and your security question. Should you ever lose access to your account, these two items will be vital to recovering your account. Make sure that you have access to the email address listed as your recovery, and the answer to your security question should be easy for you to remember, but hard for others to guess.
    5. Check your Settings. Click Settings at the top of any Gmail page and verify that the following items have not been changed:
    o On the General tab: Your Signature, Vacation Responder and Browser Connection.
    o On the Accounts and Import tab: Send mail as.
    o On the Filters tab: Look for any filters you did not create, especially filters that forward your mail.
    o On the Forwarding and POP/IMAP tab: Look for any changes you did not make.
    6. Use a secure connection when signing in to Gmail. In your Gmail settings, select ‘Always use HTTPS.’ This setting helps protect your information from being stolen when you are signing in to Gmail on a public wireless network, like at a cafe or hotel.
    Also, to make sure that no one gains unauthorized access to your account:
    o Never tell anyone your password or security question and answer, and don’t write them down.
    o Never send this information by email.
    o Never give out your gmail password after following a link sent to you in an email. Access gmail directly by typing mail.google.com in your browser’s address bar.
    o Don’t reuse your Gmail password on other websites.
    o Periodically change your password and security question.
    o Keep your recovery address up to date.
    We are very concerned about this activity. Please obtain the full headers of the spam message from Sent Mail or from one of your Contacts, and report it to our team. We’ll investigate your report, but we’re unable to respond to individual cases. In particular, please note that we aren’t able to provide you with information about attempted logins to your account including, but not limited to, the IP address from which the attempted login was made, and the time and date attempted logins occurred.

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