Gmail Spamming Issue reported 2018 by Users….
Gmail users are reporting of their account being hacked and are used for sending spam mails to the unknown addresses. This came out first in the 21st of April, when the Gmail users filed reports within the “Gmail help forum”.
Since Gmail provides the feature of spam filter and 2-step authentication, yet the users found spam mails that had the sender name as “me” and contains subject weight loss, supplements for weight loss, loans, and similar which may attract users. Gmail users witnessing spam emails resides within the “Send folder”.
Yet by opening the spam email, it shows the name of the telus.net as its distributor. According to the official statement released by Google, it responded that spam emails misleading users are not anywhere associated with the TELUS. TELUS is a Canadian national telecommunications company that provides services like wireless, Internet services, TV and Home Phone services. Also, the TELUS spokesperson responded to the same issue by confirming no any accusation of Gmail accounts hacking, email spamming and misleading users.
Google’s quick respond to the Gmail spamming issue on Twitter
The Gmail spam was first reported on Saturday and Google quickly acknowledged the issue and responded on Twitter:
“We are aware of a spam campaign impacting a small subset of Gmail users and have actively taken measures to protect against it. This attempt involved forged email headers that made it appear as if users were receiving emails from themselves, which also led to those messages erroneously appearing in the Sent folder. We have identified and are reclassifying all offending emails as spam, and have no reason to believe any accounts were compromised as part of this incident.”
The issue of Gmail spamming emails appears as if the account holders send the spam messages on their own.
This Gmail spam email issue reported created an impression as if the user itself send the malicious mails to their accounts. As unlike the other email spamming, it resides within the send folder of the Gmail account users. But the accounts were not hacked. After noticing the spam mails that marked as “Me” along with the profile icon, users immediately changed their passwords. But it was nowhere helpful, as they keep on getting spam mails with subject like “Easy way to lose weight,” “Loose weight in two weeks,” “Increase hair growth with this miraculous product,” and similar.
According to a researcher Renato Marinho, said that the Gmail spam filter is not able detect the mails as they came from a spoofed but still contains the valid addresses.
Google is investigating further on this issue as to how the cyber-criminals exploited the any vulnerability if exists. Google advised users not to respond to any spam emails and quickly report them. Users need to the Open the Gmail and mark the suspicious emails, and click the “Report spam” button. (image for reference purpose only)