Google Was the Latest Victim of Phishing Scam, Defends Against Email Campaign

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Ankita Shah
Ankita Shah
Content writer at TechGenYZ

There are some unauthorized users who would try to hack your data, such as banking, shopping, or email passwords, through a technique called phishing. Phishing is a form of fraud in which the attacker tries to learn information such as login credentials or account information by masquerading as a reputable entity or person via email, IM, or other communication channels.

If you use Gmail, millions of emails are blocked from reaching the recipients’ inboxes. Unfortunately, Google itself was the latest victim of a phishing scam.

This week, Google defended against an email phishing campaign that tricked some users into inadvertently granting access to their contact information, intending to spread more phishing emails. We took quick action to revoke all access granted to the attacker and steps to reduce and prevent harm from future variants of this type of attack.

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The Android users are protected from such attacks by a phishing warning that is implemented by Gmail. Earlier, the Gmail users themselves were responsible for protecting their accounts from fraudulent emails, websites, and downloads. But, this overhead has been removed by implementing a new design scheme to protect users from opening suspicious links. Hence, now a full-screen warning will be displayed.

Smartphones make it difficult for users to distinguish between a fraud attempt from a serious email. The only alternative to identify a valid user is to look at the URL to distinguish between real and fake, which is obviously not the easiest thing to do, as it seems, especially on a Smartphone. Security apps are there but do not provide full protection as hackers can also hack those sites.

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