Just a couple of hours ago Internet Juggernaut Google has issued a warning against a notorious cyber attack targeting Gmail Accounts. The web services giant said that a malicious email campaign was spreading through the internet like wildfire in the disguise of an invitation to Google Doc and was mainly targeting school staff and students from the United States. The subsidiary of ‘Alphabet’ said that it was a trick of scamsters who were trying to dupe Gmail users through a phishing scam.
As per the details available to the sources of Cybersecurity Insiders, hackers are victimizing the Google mail users through an invite to Google docs which when clicked gives hackers behind the attacking access to contents such as email, contacts, and documents.
We all know that Google offers a single login to access all its services and if in case the hackers get hold of that single login credentials, then it can spell a doom to them on a permanent note.
The scam which surfaced from Wednesday afternoon caught the attention of the web media within no time.
And the address from which the malicious email is being circulated is ‘firstname.lastname@example.org’ with recipients BCCed and appears to have been sent from one of your contacts. The email content goes on as follows “(Name” has shared a document on Google Docs with you”. And as the name is the one from your contacts, you will definitely click it and become a victim of an email phishing campaign.
Google has strictly warned its users against such emails and has specifically asked its users not to click on the attachment sent from the past 48 hours or so. On an additional note, Google is also asking users to delete such emails.
Note- A Phishing email attack is a kind of malware attack where hackers send emails attached with malware loaded documents or files appearing to be coming from legitimate sources like banks, contacts, banks and such….). These messages sometimes divert you to a spoofed website or might force you to divulge personal info like bank account numbers, Social security numbers, and phone or house addresses. In some cases, as soon as the user clicks on the email attachment, malware gets downloaded onto their PC/network leading to ransomware.