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Gmail Users Targeted by New Phishing Email - Sunbelt

Security experts at "sunbelt" advise Gmail users to be careful of a series of new phishing emails which are recently detected by them.

The phishing email is meant to be issued from the Google Group and displays a message which informs the user about his incomplete Google account information, and hence the user is required to update his/her account due to security reasons.

Annoyingly, as per "sunbelt", the email tries to trick the users into downloading and opening Gmail_access.html file, which after being opened displays a very realistic version of the Gmail login page, which in fact is fake.

Sunbelt notices that the email looks genuine, as it loads particular graphic aspects from the authentic Gmail page, however a second look at the code of the page discloses that the provided information is being sent to a script which is hosted on a domain listed in Serbia.

According to the reports, this phishing scam looks like it have surfaced during the beginning of September, 2010, as this have been reported on the Gmail help forum during 1st September, 2010, discloses security experts at "Sunbelt".

Security experts at "Sunbelt" tells, users that there is a best way for them to verify whether they are on the genuine Gmail login page or not, as the website contains a SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) set up by default.

In the meantime, the naïve Gmail users are being targeted not for the first time by phishing emails during the year 2010. In the past in Ma, 2010, a similar phishing scam was reported by security firm "Sophos", which while meant to be send from Google's Gmail account tried to hack users Gmail usernames and passwords by tricking them to click on a fake link included in the text of the mail.

Lastly, the best way by which users can avoid such phishing emails is to educate own self about what should they actually check in a phishing mail, like bad grammar and the need of urgency to reply back.

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