This Sunday morning wasn’t so pretty for most of the Gmail users. Numerous account holder woke up discovering their inbox flooding with a raft of spam emails, which were surprisingly sent from their own account.
As Mashable reports, a number of users posted to Gmail’s Help Forum that despite having two-factor authentication and updated passwords, they ended up receiving emails with topics like male growth supplements, shady loans, and other such things. the content of the email makes it clear that they are spam. Some of them thought that their accounts were hacked, but it appeared to be wrong as they got similar emails from their own account even after changing their passwords.
“My email account has sent out 3 spam emails in the past hour to a list of about 10 addresses that I don’t recongnize,” read an April 21 post to a Google Help Forum. “I changed my password immediately after the first one, but then it happened again 2 more times.”
one thing seems to be those emails have in common. Most of the emails appeared to come from users via a Canadian telecommunications company called Telus. However, the company confirmed that those emails weren’t sent from its server and its currently working with its third party vendors to resolve this issue.
Fortunately, Google knows about the problem and said it was “spam campaign impacting a small subset of Gmail users.” The company also ensured that it had taken active measures to fix the problem. And Google better fixes this problem, as receiving spams from own account is definitely not something we signed up for.