Published: Fri, May 05, 2017
Tech | By Constance Martin

Google warns of phishing scam that impersonates Google Docs

Google warns of phishing scam that impersonates Google Docs

Google says it has stopped a phishing email that reached about a million of its customers.

"In this new version, an email hits your Gmail inbox with the subject line "(name) has shared a document on Google Docs with you".

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Though Google has fixed the issue for now, no one knows just how sophisticated the attack was.

The email reads that a random person "has invited you to view the following documents" while providing a link to click the document.

In a statement the company said it had taken action against the email "impersonating Google Docs". Wednesday afternoon, Google tweeted an official statement saying they've taken action to protect users and are working "to prevent this kind of spoofing from happening again".

The crafty phishing email appears to be from one of your contacts and will tell you they want to share an important Google Doc. If you click on a "suspicious" link in a message, you will receive a warning prompt from Gmail, stating that web forgery is suspected.

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"With that access, the criminals can use your identity to scam co-workers or relatives, reset your bank account password and steal money or harvest information to steal the victim's identity".

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In a case where the app in question is masquerading as a Google product such as Google Docs, this design creates problems.

"We encourage you to not click through and report as phishing within Gmail".

However, the additional security protection is a step in the right direction, given how many users access Gmail on mobile, and the increasing sophistication of these phishing attacks that can even fool fairly tech-savvy individuals.

Security experts who reviewed the scheme said anybody who granted access to the malicious app unknowingly also gave hackers access to their Google account data including emails, contacts and online documents.

- Google Docs (@googledocs) May 3, 2017(2 of 3) & have disabled offending accounts. It's possible to remove permissions by clicking on each app and as the phishing scam appeared to be a legitimate app, it would have originally appeared on this page.

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