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Email Hacking

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#1 Ss1990


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Posted 12 June 2018 - 10:48 AM

I have recently noticed emails in my sent box that I have personally not sent.

They have been replies to adverts on Craigslist. And they contain personal information about myself including attachments of pictures that have been saved on my phone.

Can anyone explain how this could happen and why it happens?

Edited by hamluis, 12 June 2018 - 11:11 AM.
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#2 buddy215


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Posted 12 June 2018 - 12:11 PM

Welcome to BC...


Suggest you reset your smart phone to defaults. Once that is done you should change your

email password and anything else that your email provider uses such as a secret word, phone number

or another email address to confirm it is you who is changing your password and using your email account.


Since your phone has been obviously compromised to allow access to your email account and pictures that

is why I suggest doing the above.


If you have other important passwords and user names stored on the phone such as for banking and shopping websites

then you should notify your bank or at least check your accounts every day for unauthorized use.


If after doing the above and you continue to see sent emails that you didn't send...let me know.

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#3 MarkMackerel


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Posted 12 June 2018 - 05:23 PM

Good advice above.

As for your question of how/why this could happen, it's clear that your phone has been compromised.

Do you have a security mechanism set up on the phone (PIN/password/pattern?). If you don't then it's pretty easy for someone to just pick up your phone and gain access. If you do, then I would say that someone has learned the PIN/password/pattern, either from "shoulder surfing" or perhaps you may have showed them?

There is also a possibilty that someone gained access to your phone through malware. You may have been the victim of an attack and the attacker was able to get malicious code running on your device which has given them access.

If you can get the information of what IP address has accessed your email account, that would be very useful information and could clarify if the perpetrator of this conduct is a remote unknown attacker or someone who may have gained physical access to the phone. An IP address in a different country for example would clarify things.

However, you should certainly take the steps outlined in the post above immediately. My post was just meant to be a brainstorm and get you thinking.

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