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Google Docs phishing scam is spreading fast: Here’s what you need to know

Google, Gmail, Google Docs Phishing, Google Docs scam, Gmail phishing, Google Docs, Google Docs fake link, Gmail phishing link, Google Docs spam link, Gmail hacked, technology, technology newsGmail put out a statement on Twitter saying the company has taken action “to protect users against an email impersonating Google Docs…”
Gmail users have reported they received malicious mails with links to Google Docs shared by their contacts. It appears a number of people have been victims of the phishing attack that sends a user’s Gmail information along with contacts to hackers.
Gmail put out a statement on Twitter saying the company has taken action “to protect users against an email impersonating Google Docs…” Meanwhile, Gmail has asked users not to click Google Docs link and report the same as phishing within Gmail. In a series of tweets, Gmail posted a Security Check-up link as well for affected users.
We are investigating a phishing email that appears as Google Docs. We encourage you to not click through & report as phishing within Gmail.
Apparently, users have been getting malicious mails with link to a Google Doc file, clicking on which opens up a Google.com page that seems authentic at first. The page then asks users to authorise ‘Google Docs’ to access to their Gmail account. However, the link isn’t legit as it gives hackers access to information stored in people’s Gmail accounts.
According to a report in BuzzFeed news, some of these malicious mails were addressed to ‘hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh@mailinator.com’ with the receiver’s address in BCC. The mails sent out by fake Google Docs app share uncanny resemblance to original Gmail mails, which can be easily mistaken for actual Docs link shared by a contact.
The good thing is that user’s personal information won’t be shared with hackers unless they give permissions for several privacy features after clicking on fake Docs link.
BuzzFeed quoted a Google spokesperson who told the site that the company was able to stop phishing campaign within an hour, as well as disabled the accounts where the hack originated. “We’ve pushed updates through Safe Browsing, and our abuse team is working to prevent this kind of spoofing from happening again. We encourage users to report phishing emails in Gmail,” the statement reads.
Further, Google spokesperson was quoted saying the phishing attack affected 0.1 per cent of a total of 1 billion Gmail users.
The search giant will now redirect users to different page when people click on malicious Docs link. They will be taken to a page that reads, “We’re sorry…but your computer or network may be sending automated queries. To protect our users, we can’t process your request right now.”

As always users, should make sure not to click on any suspicious links you receive in your email. Any mail claiming to be from the bank asking for credit card details or any other personal information need to go into your Spam folder immediately.

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