gmail hacked in the middle of the night

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    I know i've seen a few threads like this, but what the hell is going on. I put my phone on the oem moto charging dock last night, and this morning I wake up to an error saying that I cant log into my main gmail account. So I try to re-enter my password and nothing happens. So I get on a pc and go to log in and I have to go through a verification process to get back into my account, where a text is sent to my phone with a code.

    So at 1:19am in the morning my phone is sending out mass emails to all my contacts with links to viagra and cialis!!!!!!! what the hell is this ****?

    I'm using the same charger ive been using since I got the phone, nothing has changed, I have important info in my email and alot of important people that just got those emails. not impressed.

    Thoughts?
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    I doubt it was the charger....
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    Maybe you were sleep-droiding... it's a very rare case in these woods.



    No but sorry for your misfortune :/
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    That's not a charger issue. Your account was hijacked. Not much you can do after the fact. Just change your password and move on.

    Happened to my hotmail account last year.
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    Yeah - that sounds more malicious than the erratic behavior normally caused by a bogus charger.
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    Yeah I don't see how thats possible. Maybe he clicked on something from his gmail, some hackers email?? And went through that link or something.. idk

    Or again.. sleep-droiding
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    I can assure you that there was zero sleep-droiding going on.
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    Man, now erectile dysfunction has affected your phone too?! I would get that checked out.
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    there are many websites out there detailing how to hack gmail accounts. Most of the mass spammers out there use hijacked email accounts.

    #1 the emails are more likely to be read when they come from someone you know and don't get spam filtered, #2 they are more likely to be read because they email your contacts, aka verified accounts, #3 they are far less likely to encounter any sort of repercussions for sending spam.

    The upside is that it is usually a totally automated process and no human went through your emails and read them.

    All the same, I'd still change any passwords that might have been in confirmation emails in that account.

    And I wouldn't recommend googling how they do it. I have a policy against visiting any site that has a focus on hacking, just seems like a bad idea to me.
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    I changed my password, the only thing it asked for during the confirmation process was when I logged in, it asked for my mobile number, so it could send my phone a text with a verification code. I got the text right away, then entered the code and it let me in. Anything else I should do?
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    Seems like your Droid is a little on the horny side. Stick it in the same bag with another cell phone, preferably a nice slender one, and see if it makes your Droid happy.
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    ^^^^ lmao!
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    Chargers don't hack...


    When changing your password I would suggest using a more complex one, A lot of people like using:

    Password
    Password1
    123456
    Random peoples names

    Those are very easy for people to get.

    When creating a password, you want to use a phrase or a series of random letters and numbers, Mixed Case, and if you can add a few symbols, and at least 14 characters.

    A Great Password looks like this:

    Hi8ue$9hd0@keRd

    Anything more then 14 characters in a fashion such as the above and you will be just about completely safe.

    Also I would add that you might want to check you Google account question and answer, Change it. Just because a question says "Whats your favorite color" doesn't mean you have to say "Blue" you can say "Hotdog".

    And one more thing, most likely your computer could be compromised and will continue mayhem in your life. Google "Microsoft Security Essentials" And get rid of any Norton, McAfee, that you might be using, they are useless, and Microsoft's Anti Virus is not only FREE, it is the best I have used.
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    PS. (sorry for double post)

    If these were professional contacts, I would take the time to write an explanation that you were hacked, with an Apology. :)

    You might also warn that if anyone clicked on the links in the spam mail, that they might want to change their password as well.

    A virus likes to spread, that's why it's called a virus. :)
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    Thanks for the advice Steve
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    One other possibility that no one has touched on is that your PC not your phone was hacked. There are thousands of rootkits that can easily compromise your PC. Your Password may have be recorded by a keylogger on your computer.

    You need to make sure that you are running a proper antivirus and firewall (a third party one not the crappy windows one) and that your system and programs like flash and java are fully updated and patched.

    If you have any popups that claim your computer in infected then you need to get your system to a good computer service company at once. Lots of fake antivirus programs are in realilty rootkits designed to monitor and hack your accounts.
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    my thoughts exactly...it most likely happened on your PC. Have you downloaded any keygen programs or anything lately that came from an unverifiable source?
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    How "strong" was your original password? When I hear about this kind of thing I often wonder if the password was "mygmail" or "Rjdu847kshEE".

    Of course, if it was a rootkit at work, it wouldn't matter.
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    it was something like this "Rjdu847kshEE".
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    sounds like a keylogger at work...a brute force password attack would take extremely long to crack something like that and it wouldnt be worth the time just to get into someones email. Dont change any passwords on that computer. If you have done any online banking or bought anything in the past week online thru paypal or any other site I HIGHLY reccomend changing all passwords on another secure computer for now until you figure out the problem.