Google warns of phishing scam that impersonates Google Docs

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This is where a savvy user that's paying attention would see a red flag, since Google Docs doesn't require permissions, as it's native to Google.

An email "phishing" scam spread around the country Wednesday afternoon, enticing people to click on what looked like a valid Google link that instead exposed their personal information, Google confirmed.

Google offers a two-factor authentication set up on Gmail that adds an extra layer of security to the users' accounts.

If you receive an email from someone asking you to open a Google Doc - don't open it. If an email is believed to be a scam, an alert is displayed. "It gets attackers to their goal. without having to go through the pain of putting malware on a device".

One telltale sign for identifying the spam email is that it appears to be directed to the address hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh@mailinator.com and is only blind copied to the recipient. Report the messages as phishing by clicking the down arrow beside the reply button and selecting "Report phishing".

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You would be asked to give an app named "Google Docs" account permissions - but it wasn't the real Google Docs. When you look at the list of apps with access to your Gmail account, the page doesn't distinguish between apps that are made by Google and apps that aren't. Next, you should change your password.

This attack is so tricky that it takes advantage of Google's legitimate tool for sharing data with the hacker.

"In addition, the app would send emails on the users" behalf to other targets, Cooper Quintin, a staff technologist at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, was quoted as saying. Now, Google is launching an update that may make it easier for users to decipher when an email is suspicious - as long as they're using the Android app. The internet company has responded to the phishing attack with a combination of manual and automatic actions.

"We were able to stop the campaign within approximately one hour". Based on the billion Gmail users around the globe, however, that's still likely around a million users.

A sophisticated Google Docs phishing scam has been spreading rapidly on Wednesday as it began landing in Gmail users' inboxes.

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