How do they send spam email to everyone in my contact list?

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Hello,
I was wondering if someone could help explain this for me. Spam email has been sent to everyone in my hotmail contact address list. However the email does not originate from my email address, instead it is being sent from
“Jason Illingworth <jin.yunfeng@china.com>”

The contacts are identical to my address list, and it is also saying “Sent from my iPad”, the only device that is still linked to that email account (this may just be coincidence).

I use a password manager with separate passwords for each site, this password is only used for this account. I also used 2FA on this account.

I have since logged into my Microsoft account, changed my password, reset up my 2FA and also checked the activity log (all IP addresses are my own).

How are they able send emails to my entire contact list without it, as appears, taking over my account.

Thanks,
Jason

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Jason
Bad luck. It is a very annoying problem and one that sometimes seems like voodoo.
Firstly, it is dead easy to spoof your email address, so that bit is relatively straight-forward to explain (in most email clients you can change the “reply to” address). However, how do they get access to your address list? Are you sure there is a one-to-one match with “everyone” on your address list? If so, it does sound that at some stage (may be before you enabled 2FA) someone has accessed your account and downloaded your contacts. Could have been some time ago. However, it is also possible that the people that have received your spoofed emails may also be in someone else’s stolen address book and the spammers have just chosen you (at random) from the stolen address book to use for the spoofed email address. Is that a possibility? Your assumption that “sent from my ipad” is a coincidence, sounds likely.

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