Some users reported this malicious activity on Google help forum and on Twitter. Spam emails were sent to them by themselves but it wasn’t them. Are their gmail accounts hacked? Well it doesn’t seems like it. Some people with two factor authentication noticed it even after changing their password.
“My email account has sent out 3 spam emails in the past hour to a list of about 10 addresses that I don’t recongnize[sic],” reads a post on the Google help forums. “I changed my password immediately after the first one, but then it happened again 2 more times. The subject of the emails is weight loss and growth supplements for men advertisements. I have reported them as spam. Please help, what else can I do to ensure my account isn’t compromised??”
“My account is totally secured and has no access from anywhere but my PC and my phone,” another user replied. “Along with 2 factor authentication. Still getting these spam emails from ‘myself’, come on google fix it up.”
The good part is that Google is aware of this issue and already working to fix it. Still there is no clue of what might be causing this , it could be just a bug in Gmail’s servers or is it some AI which gmail is working on might be doing this. Well lets not get into AI apocalypse conspiracy stuff because that’s not likely what’s happening here.