Chinese hacked my Gmail account!!

Posted on Monday, May 31, 2010 by Anuj Mehta

Today morning when tried to log-in to my Gmail account, GMail asked me provide a cell number so that they can send a security code via SMS as it seems that the account has been misused. I thought gmail has gone mad and is just freaking out. But to my dismay I saw following mail being sent to all my contacts

Dear friend,
How are you doing now?
I bought a notebook from the website last week
I have received the product in time.
Not only its quality is very good,but alsoits price is very low.
They also sell phone,TV,handheld game player,motorcycle and
musical instruments.
They import products from USA, Japan and South Korea,and they import
the bestsellers.
They have a good reputation,and offer the good suggest to the
customers for the purchasing.
If you want to buy any product,it is the good choice to browse the website.
It is conviced that you will get benefits and joys.

I started getting lot of mails from my friends like "Dude how much commision u got for sending this crap", "Is this your new business??"....
At the bottom of my inbox I clicked on the Details hyper-link to see the activity information and to my dismay it clearly showed me that crackers from China had logged in to my account.

I googled about this issue and I could see same happening with few other people, even an Android phone was hacked and same mail was sent through his Gmail account. I had followed following security tips mentioned in Gmail help forum

First you need to check the bottom of the Inbox and make sure your account is not open at any other locations. If it shows additional locations, open the Details window and "Sign out all other sessions".

Account Security:
Settings -> Accounts and Import -> Google Account Settings -> Change Password [pick a new secure password]
Settings -> Accounts and Import -> Google Account Settings -> Change Password Recovery Options [verify secret question, SMS and recovery e-mail address]

Potential Spam:
Settings -> General -> Signature [make sure nothing as been added]
Settings -> General -> Vacation Responder [make sure it's disabled and empty]

E-mail Theft
Settings -> Accounts and Import -> Send Mail As [make sure it is using your correct e-mail address]
Settings -> Filters [no filters that forward or delete e-mail]
Settings -> Forwarding and POP/IMAP -> Forwarding [disabled or correct address]
Settings -> Forwarding and POP/IMAP -> POP Download [disabled]
Settings -> Forwarding and POP/IMAP -> IMAP Access [disabled]

3 Responses to "Chinese hacked my Gmail account!!":

Rohit says:

time for revenge ,eh ?

Anuj Mehta says:

Yes...I am going to crack their accounts :)
I hope Facebook, Twitter stops there China operations

Major V Education says:

I guess I have been a victim too. My wife called me while I was out asking if I had bought an Iphone... upon checking my email, it wass sent to a group of my contacts in alphabetical order with a website to oredr the phone... I replied to the mail stating that I did not send this email to them... less than 24hrs later my account was temporarily disabled... reported to Google and hoping to have my email reinstated... it can be really stressful...