DHS alert to all Gmail users against the “Confidential Mode” feature


All those who are using the new Gmail interface have been put on alert by the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) against a wave of scams being carried out by a group of online crooks. The raised security fears are pertaining to the new feature called “Confidential Mode” which has been introduced into the Google Email in April this year.

Lesley Fulop, the official spokesperson for DHS said that the problem arises with the new feature which has been introduced into the Gmail redesign very recently. Fulop added that his intelligence unit has reached out to the concerned Google authorities on this issue and an investigation is being carried out by the tech giant on this note.

As per the details available to our Cybersecurity Insiders, all those Gmail users who are using the new service should click a link to open the messages and this is where scammers could intercept and send out fake versions of email alerts and trick users into entering sensitive details.

Conversely, we all know that Google is committed to protecting the security of its users’ personal info and will somehow try to find a solution to this scam with the help of its machine learning algorithms to detect potential phishing cyber threats. 

But it might need some time to do so and till then it is better to avoid the said service…hmm…atleast for a fortnight.

Note- Phishing scams are nothing but booby traps laid by cybercriminals to trick victims into clicking on fraudulent links in order to steal their sensitive personal info.

Naveen Goud is a writer at Cybersecurity Insiders covering topics such as Mergers & Acquisitions, Startups, Cyber Attacks, Cloud Security and Mobile Security

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