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Sophos Warns of Fresh Gmail Phishing Campaign

According to Graham Cluley, Senior Technology Consultant at Sophos the security company, the most recent e-mail scam against users of Google mail aims at those who may fear that failure to reply to one particular e-mail can lead to their inability for using own Gmail accounts. Infosecurity-magazine.com reported this on February 2, 2011.

Addressing the users of Gmail, the fake electronic mail states that because Google allows users to register to its e-mail service anonymously, the company will eliminate each and every Gmail account which's lying unused. Therefore, it's necessary that the accountholder confirms whether he's still using his account by providing his login details through return e-mail otherwise he'll find his account deactivated in 24-hrs for the maintenance of security.

Moreover, the e-mail tries to appear authentic so it tells recipients that merely the accountholders are supposed to read it.

Comments Cluley that the new e-mail typically contains typos and spelling errors, and anybody thinking twice prior to replying expectedly will realize that it isn't anything difficult for Gmail itself to be equipped with saying about the status of a user's Google mail account. For, Google merely needs to check when the user logged in alternatively viewed a message last, Cluley explains. Nakedsecurity.sophos.com published this on February 1, 2011.

However, the expert states that there's no mistake in that some people will forever get defrauded with this trick.

According to him, the argument that any person who believes and follows an obvious e-mail scam similar to the current one is worthy of all he gets, is something easy to state, but in his opinion such thought is rather cruel. He adds that people must all make sure every family member and friend who's potentially vulnerable is alerted of such threats as also assisted in avoiding them.

Meanwhile Cluley's remarks are pretty well-timed, since latest reports count the total number of mediums of assault that hackers and other online-crooks use as being many thousands daily.

And given this scenario as also the growing numbers of Net-infiltration worldwide, Cluley's views appear real indicating that to maintain security an approach of teamwork is what's needed.

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