Many Gmail users have noticed a high amount of spam in their Inbox lately. While this sounds a bit odd, what is even stranger is the fact that this spam actually came from the users themselves. This happened even to those secure accounts that were hard to breach, so this weird Gmail spam took everyone by surprise.
Weird Gmail spam coming to double-encrypted accounts
Usually, Gmail users do not receive spam too often. This happens mostly because Google has a great mechanism of filtering spam from important messages. Therefore, it came as extremely odd for them to receive this weird Gmail spam. After they took a second look at the messages, they noticed they were even weirder than that.
The Gmail spam somehow managed to get through all of Google’s security measures, and looked as if the person who sent it was also the user himself. This became quite a common situation among Gmail users, who started complaining on forums about the odd spam.
Most of these messages have weight loss or supplements as topics. They appear directly in the Inbox and, in the sender field, there is the user’s profile photo and the word ‘Me’. Some people were curious enough to open this Gmail spam, and discovered the sender was actually someone else. However, their own email address was still written there.
The spam didn’t actually come from a security breach
Even if these users changed their password, the Gmail spam returned. This also revealed the accounts didn’t actually have a security issue. The login reports looked fine, so there was no one who interfered with their accounts. This means the spam must have come from a third-party source that somehow breached Google’s spam filters.
Google commented on the issue and said only a small number of users were vulnerable to this Gmail spam. After reviewing the problem, the company discovered no further security complications with the accounts. Even so, they took the necessary measures to stop the spam, and hoped users will no longer experience such trouble.
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