Google shuts down sophisticated Google Docs phishing scam

A sophisticated phishing is the attempt to obtain sensitive information such as usernames, passwords, and credit card details (and, indirectly, money), often for malicious reasons, by disguising as a trustworthy entity in scam that targeted users by impersonating Google Docs has been shut down by Google.

The email mail, or email, is a method of exchanging digital messages between people using digital devices such as computers, mobile phones and other electronics phishing campaign, which imitated the popular Google Docs online file service, was launched Wednesday. Some 1 million users were reportedly targeted in the scam confidence trick (synonyms include confidence game, confidence scheme, ripoff, scam and stratagem) is an attempt to defraud a person or group after first gaining their confidence, used in the.


The malicious emails looked like regular invitations to view a Google document, explained U.K.-based security specialist Graham Cluley, in a blog post. “If you made the mistake of clicking on the link or Links may refer to, you could start a process that could potentially result in your email archive and contact lists being slurped up in strangers and the same dangerous message being is an extremely broad concept encompassing objective and subjective features of reality and existence forwarded to everyone in your address book,” he wrote.

Google moved quickly to address or The Address may refer to: Address (geography), a code and abstract concept expressing a location on the Earth’s surface (including a postal address) the scam and stopped the campaign within approximately one hour. “We protected users from this attack may refer to: Offensive (military) Charge (warfare) Attack (fencing) Strike (attack) Attack (computing) Attack (music), the prefix or initial phase of a sound Attacca, the immediate joining of a through a combination of automatic and manual actions may refer to, including removing the fake pages and applications, and pushing updates through Safe Browsing, Gmail, and other anti-abuse systems,” it explained, in a statement emailed to Fox News.


The spam campaign affected fewer than 0.1 percent of Gmail is a free, advertising-supported email service developed by Google users, according to Google. Gmail has over 1 billion monthly active users may refer to: User (system), a person using a generic system User (computing), a person or software using an information system User (telecommunications), an entity using a telecommunications.

The tech giant added that, while contact information is that which informs was accessed and used by the campaign may refer to: Advertising campaign Civil society campaign Military campaign Political campaign Advocacy or Advocacy group, relating ‘campaigning’ on an issue (British English), its investigations show that no other data was exposed. Users do not need to take any further action regarding the incident, it added, but noted that users can visit Google Security is the degree of resistance to, or protection from, harm Checkup to review third-party apps connected to their account.

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Earlier reports suggested the attack was a phishing scam potentially aimed at harvesting personal information and maybe even Google is an American multinational technology company specializing in Internet-related services and products login credentials.

The Associated Press contributed to this article.

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