Google alerted Gmail users of taking care of a new style of cyber-attacks. People send scams via Google Docs link which turn out to be fake scams.
This method is called phishing, disguised emails in the form known contacts or famous companies sent to users. These scams usually ask people for personal information like passwords or credit card codes.
After noticing something is weird, several journalists and instituted reported the phishing emails sent to them afternoon on Wednesday.
“We are investigating a phishing email that appears as Google Docs. We encourage you to not click through, & report as phishing within Gmail,” Gmail tweeted.
Some users reported that they got emails sent to a strange mail “firstname.lastname@example.org from the users’ contacts involving their own emails into the message.
Users added that when they clicked on the link, it lead them to a legitimate page. This page then asked users for Google Docs’ permission as an attempt to reveal both their emails as well as their contacts.
Later on Wednesday, Google said that it did fix the issue that caused the scams.
“We have taken action to protect users against an email impersonating Google Docs, and have disabled offending accounts,” Google Docs stated. “We’ve removed the fake pages, pushed updates through Safe Browsing, and our abuse team is working to prevent this kind of spoofing from happening again.”
Mike Rogers, a former FBI agent and currently dealing with cyber security, confirmed that phishing attacks are really smart and that “spear-phishers can trick even the most sophisticated users.”
“Hackers will troll your social media accounts, use the deep and dark web to acquire information and then tailor that message just to you,” he said in a recent video,” Rogers added
As a warning, Rogers is advising users not to open links or suspicious mails. In case users did, they should immediately refer to their banks and report the incident in or to change their account’s password as soon as possible.