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China hacked me???

This morning I found a TON of E-Mail messages had been sent from my account.  I checked the bottom of my in box and found my account had recently been accessed from a number of locations including the USA and China.
Now I do have a Blackberry running the Gmail app so possibly some of these are legit... but I'm fairly sure China has no business in my E-Mail.  I'm Canadian and not interested in Falin Gong or whatever it's called...
How annoying!  More importantly, how did this happen?
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Original Poster
Oh and here's the suspicious access IP from china:


China (

1:54 am (7 hours ago)

Happened to me today, too.
Do you reuse your Gmail password on any other site? I'm guessing that some other site that we are registered with has been hacked and the hackers have used the fact that people often use the same password in multiple places to get access to our Gmail accounts.
Original Poster
Sadly that may have been the problem.  I have been a bit lax about using the same password on a lot of other sites.  Hummm... time to go change some passwords.  Starting with PayPal.
Original Poster
Oh and guess what has JUST turned up on my screen?  A big red warning from Google. They are letting me know that 2 days ago somebody in China accessed my account.  Nice of them to let me know... but why wait 2 days to tell me?  Lots can happen in 2 days.  Like for example, another access from China just a few hours ago when spammers used it to sent e-mail to all my contacts!  If Google had notified me sooner I could have prevented this 2nd hack.  Grrr.
Well I guess you get what you pay for... and I didn't pay anything for my Gmail account.  My own stupidity for making it my primary E-Mail account and being lax with the password.  Kicking myself now.
In order to re-secure an account that has been compromised/hacked/stolen you will need to check and fix at least all of the following settings.

But first you need to check the bottom of the Inbox and make sure your account is not open at any other locations.  If it shows additional locations, open the Details window and "Sign out all other sessions".

Account Security:
Settings -> Accounts and Import -> Google Account Settings -> Change Password [pick a new secure password]
Settings -> Accounts and Import -> Google Account Settings -> Change Password Recovery Options [verify secret question, SMS and recovery e-mail address]

Potential Spam:
Settings -> General -> Signature [make sure nothing as been added]
Settings -> General -> Vacation Responder [make sure it's disabled and empty]

E-mail Theft
Settings -> Accounts and Import -> Send Mail As [make sure it is using your correct e-mail address]
Settings -> Filters [no filters that forward or delete e-mail]
Settings -> Forwarding and POP/IMAP -> Forwarding [disabled or correct address]
Settings -> Forwarding and POP/IMAP -> POP Download [disabled]
Settings -> Forwarding and POP/IMAP -> IMAP Access [disabled]

Additional Information
Keeping account secure:  https://mail.google.com/support/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=46526
Protecting your account:  https://mail.google.com/support/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=29407
More account security info:  http://www.google.com/help/security/
If your account is compromised:  http://mail.google.com/support/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=50270
Someone using your address:  http://mail.google.com/support/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=50200
Google Employee comments:  http://www.google.com/support/forum/p/gmail/thread?tid=560d53dee40be5e6&hl=en&start=70
this is what happened

It doesn't matter how careful you are. I took every precaution necessary and still I have no control over this back door gmail has gaping. We have no privacy, just face it.
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