Phishing scam disguised as Google Docs hits UMN email accounts

They are in fact malicious files meant to hijack recipients' accounts - and Google advises its users not to open them.

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Members of the ITWC team received examples of this widespread phishing scam in their inbox on Wednesday. Additionally, the firm has disabled offending accounts, deleted the fake pages, and have also pushed updates through Safe Browsing. It will look like you've got an email - probably from someone you know - that will be inviting you to open a Google Doc link. The attack would give hackers full access to the contents of your email. There's also a link at the bottom of the message that lets you flag the report if you believe Google incorrectly labeled the site as nefarious.

The email was sent to all contacts in affected email accounts if a user clicked its link.

The tech giant Google recently was hit by a phishing scam that could compromise your account. 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.

In a case where the app in question is masquerading as a Google product such as Google Docs, this design creates problems. In a series of tweets, Gmail posted a Security Check-up link as well for affected users. This invitation requests you to open the file in Google Docs.

Gmail put out a statement on Twitter saying the company has taken action "to protect users against an email impersonating Google Docs..."

Google has rushed to shutdown a phishing scam aimed at users of its Docs cloud-based service, which looked to gain access to a users contacts and email.

Google said it acted within one hour of the scam's appearance, but a lot of damage was done in that first hour. "There's no further action users need to take regarding this event; users who want to review third party apps connected to their account can visit Google Security Checkup", Google added.

  • Zachary Reyes