Users under threat as phishing attack hits Gmail

If you've received a suspicious invitation to a share a Google Doc with you today, don't click through the link!

In case you happen to click on the link and grant access to your account, the hacker will send out spam mails with malicious links to everyone in your contact list.

Like all phishing practices, the attack was carried out by sending an email to Gmail users, with the attacker pretending to be someone they may know.

The phishing campaign aimed to gain control of Gmail users' entire email histories by spreading a worm to all of their contacts via an emailed invitation asking them to check out an attached "Google Docs", or GDocs link.

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Google said it had "disabled" the malicious accounts and pushed updates to all users, according to an NBC News report.

"We encourage you to not click through and report as phishing within Gmail".

Google explained the new feature in the blog post: "While not all affected email will necessarily be unsafe, we encourage you to be extra careful about clicking on links in messages that you're not sure about". Google warned its user via a tweet on their Google Docs account.

Thousands of employees at multiple organizations that use Google for email have reported the risky email phishing scam today. An email that alerts you that someone is sharing a Google Doc with you and you can now view that document.

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A Google Docs scam is causing havoc around the world.

Many agencies, businesses and schools in the area posted not to open the Google Doc email sent from their department's account; they said it was a virus.

"We realise people are concerned about their Google accounts, and we're now able to give a fuller explanation after further investigation".

It took Google about an hour to shut the campaign down. We have taken action to protect users against an email spam campaign impersonating Google Docs, which affected fewer than 0.1 per cent of Gmail users.

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"If you have clicked on the link, go to your Google account's page (https://myaccount.google.com/permissions) where you can manage the permissions you've granted to apps (or go through the whole Google Security Checkup)".

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