I’ve just caught on to the fact that my gmail account has been sending out email to everyone who sends me a message. At first, I thought my password was compromised. It actually still may be the case. The first thing I did was to change the password on my account. Then I analyzed the messages. They were all the same:
Hii there, how’s it going? I’ve never tried this before but I’m really
bored lol, my friend said she did this and found a very nice guy so I
figured i will try it, I made a profile with my pics at
http://xolocalsnow.com?browneyes922 if you’re interested send me a
message …talk to you soon xo
Ugh. Everyone thinks I talk like that now. Sounds like I’m a little girl. Searching for browneyes922 lead me to a post indicating that my vacation responder was on with this message.
Going back through my email, I found that this had started up 3 days ago. What’s even worse is that the earliest message shows me sending a message in a thread with this:
heey there, youre what im looking forr! msg me backkk
A lot of the original activity shows me sending lots of these messages to people on craigs list without an initial email to respond to. It started at around 10PM Friday night. All I can think of is that my wife and I were out grocery shopping at that time, so it couldn’t have been something I initiated with a website. However, I am thinking that it had something to do with one of those websites where they check your gmail address book to find your other friends to connect to.
I am used to the idea that my computer is the thing that needs to be protected from viruses and trojans. However, with applications moving from the desktop to the web, hackers appear to be targeting these very services without worry about getting past local virus, identity theft, malware, and spyware protection.
I think I’m going to become a bit more shady when it comes to building up my connections on social networking sites from now on.