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Hacked Gmail Accounts Hawking Viagra

Hacked Gmail Accounts Hocking Viagra
It appears that Gmail has been hit with a broad, while crude, attack that has hijacked a number of user accounts, sending spam offers of cheap Viagra to the hacked person's contacts.

The first reports trickled in about a week ago, but the level of spam seems to have increased in the last couple of days. We contacted Google, and the company urged anyone who believes their account has been compromised to immediately change their password, and follow the security tips here. A spokesperson for the company also wanted to make clear that the hack is in no way related to the recent revelation that Google's unified log-in system, Gaia, had been compromised.

Details are slim, but we do know that the spam messages are reportedly being sent via Gmail's mobile site, leading some to suspect there may be a bug in the product. Google told us that its investigation had not revealed any vulnerabilities in Gmail (either the mobile or full desktop versions), and speculated that it might be simpler for an automated bot to be programed to use the mobile version.

It's likely that the log-in credentials for these accounts were harvested using traditional phishing techniques or malware, hardly a Gmail-specific issue. As usual, much of this problem probably could have been avoided with good browsing habits. [From: SFGate]

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