Explore the latest news and trends  

Sign up for our weekly security newsletter

Be the first to receive important updates on security


E-mail Phishing Scam Piggybacks on Google Docs


Spammers have yet again started attacking, with their victims being Google/Gmail end-users. As a result, Alphabet Inc. has cautioned its end-users for being on the watch of e-mails that familiar sources maybe sending directing that they should follow certain web-link leading onto Google Docs, following innumerable people accessing social-networking websites for citing grievances that somebody had infiltrated their accounts.


However according to Google, it had adopted measures for safeguarding end-users against the assaults via deactivating the offending accounts as well as removing the harmful web-pages. The current campaign is chiefly different from an extremely ordinary e-mail phishing scam in terms it not merely leads the victim onto one fake Google page to garner his password but also makes its effect inside Google's system; however, piggybacks on the known thing that one is capable of setting up certain web application, which isn't Google's, by appending some misleading name to it.


In the current assault, phishing is done in one more-or-less novel way, generally using certain hacking method crafted towards duping end-users into divulging their confidential info through the hackers acquiring admission into user A/Cs devoid of requiring their passwords. This is done via having an end-user who's already logged in so he may allow the scammer acquire admission into one harmful app pretending to be Google Docs. Reuters.com posted this, May 3, 2017.


The Internet giant said its experts were working towards aborting the sort of phishing occurring again. Any end-user that let admission into the harmful application unwittingly as well granted hackers admission into their Google A/C content such as online documents, contacts and e-mails. The hacking attacks made use of an automated mechanism for spreading.


When victims clicked on the web-link they saw a page which appeared almost exactly like one genuine Google login page. Letting carrying on further granted the phishers complete admission into the victims' Google A/Cs. Any affected end-user who continues to have his account's access requires doing the things that would obliterate the bogus application's permissions following which he must reset his password.


Establishing some security key alternatively dual-factor authentication can heighten the security of one's Google account.

» SPAMfighter News - 08-05-2017

3 simple steps to update drivers on your Windows PCSlow PC? Optimize your Slow PC with SLOW-PCfighter!Email Cluttered with Spam? Free Spam Filter!

Dear Reader

We are happy to see you are reading our IT Security News.

We do believe, that the foundation for a good work environment starts with fast, secure and high performing computers. If you agree, then you should take a look at our Business Solutions to Spam Filter & Antivirus for even the latest version of Exchange Servers - your colleagues will appreciate it!

Go back to previous page