Gmail for Android gets anti-phishing security checks

The company is rolling out a new security feature similar to that found in the web version of Gmail, warning people when an email contains a suspicious link.

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What's particularly tricky about this incident is that, when the victim clicks into the link, they're actually brought to a legitimate Google sign-in screen. It disabled the offending accounts. removed the fake pages, and pushed updates through Safe Browsing and its abuse team. If they agreed, the app would then send additional copies of the original email to the users' contacts.

Google said it was able to stop the campaign in about an hour. Well-disguised and infuriatingly subtle, just a click or two (on what was an actual Google-hosted URL, no less) handed some mystery attacker the ability to read your Gmail and forwarded the phishing attack to everyone you'd ever emailed.

A warning from google, there is a dangerously real looking phishing scam popping up in email boxes, asking you to open a google document.

Google has confirmed that Google Docs users were hit by a massive phishing scam, which tricked them to give away their Gmail accounts to the hackers. The company also requested users to report any suspect phishing emails in Gmail.

On Wednesday afternoon, "Google Docs" was a global trending topic on Twitter, meaning a lot of people were talking about the attacks.

If you receive an email from a contact titled Google Doc, DO NOT OPEN IT.

If you are a regular user of Google Docs, then be aware! This is why; all the developers are working hard to introduce new security features.

Google has said it has stopped a phishing email which managed to reach around a million users. Finding out you got hacked is a bit like finding out you have a STD: It sucks to get the news, but it sucks far more to have to tell people about it.

The data shows that 7.3% of phishing attacks were successful, resulting in the victim clicking on a link or email attachment sent by cyber criminals.

  • Larry Hoffman