Google Docs Phishing Scam: What to Know Before You Open That E-Mail

A new update to the Gmail app for Android includes a feature created to warn users when they're being targeted by a phishing attack.

Although the scam is thought to have been resolved, if someone invites you to edit a file in Google Docs today, DON'T OPEN IT.

Do these satellite images prove North Korea is about to carry out another nuclear test? If someone clicked on the fake Google Doc, the bug would email itself to their entire contact book. After you enter your password, it then takes you to a third-party site which asks you for permission to access your email account.

Google released a statement on the scam Wednesday evening, saying it removed the fake pages and pushed updates through its Safe Browsing service, which lets users check URLs against lists of unsafe web resources.

Alphabet Inc warned its users to pay extra attention to emails sent from unknown contacts suggesting a user to click a link in Google Docs.

Clicking the link authorises the attack, and a user's account will then be hijacked and used as an infection vector, repeating the same behaviour to every contact a user has ever emailed. After that's selected, the app called "Google Docs" asks for a series of permissions.

The search giant will now redirect users to different page when people click on malicious Docs link.

"We realise people are concerned about their Google accounts, and we're now able to give a fuller explanation after further investigation".

Yesterday, millions of Google accounts were compromised by an extremely sophisticated phishing scam. In particular, it shows each app and what information it can access. Roughly one hour after the company learned of the problem, it was resolved.

In a statement the company said it had taken action against the email "impersonating Google Docs".

So, once you successfully delete that phishy email - or take steps to remove its gnarled claws from your hapless inbox - you can take comfort in the fact that, no matter what ails you, Twitter has some snark to cure it.

  • Carolyn Briggs