Last night I received an email from Google telling me that someone in Moscow, Russia had signed into my gmail account.“Holy shit,” I said to my wife, and, in a bit of a panic and without thinking, I clicked on the blue “Not me !” button. And then I immediately logged into Google and changed my gmail password. Phew! Thank you, Google, for protecting my gmail account from hackers.
This morning I went back and looked more closely at the email from Google. I noticed that the alleged location of the sign-in was “Moscow Russian.” Not Russia, but Russian! Suddenly the hairs on the back of my neck stood up.
So I went to my Sent Mail folder to see who my “Not me” response was sent to.I have a sneaking suspicion that my “Not me” response recipients — chsup3, doopmail, eddie_evans_pb, geekjohnnie, and ishancock — are not part of the security team at Google.
Dammit. I’m apparently the victim of email spoofing (the creation of email messages with a forged sender address) and/or phishing (a fraudulent attempt to obtain sensitive information or data). Now I’m going to have to spend all day changing all of my passwords and monitoring all of my online accounts for any signs of fraudulent activity.
Fuck you, 2020!