Widespread Google Docs spam emails carry phishing attack

"We are investigating a phishing email that appears as Google Docs", Alphabet Inc tweeted from its Google Docs. If that's the malicious app that's gotten access to your account after you clicked on the link it should have a recent 'Authorization Time.' Now, click on that Google Docs app and click 'Remove'. However, the link isn't legit as it gives hackers access to information stored in people's Gmail accounts.

Google has added an anti-phishing security check on its Gmail app for Android, the company announced Wednesday. It disabled the offending accounts. removed the fake pages, and pushed updates through Safe Browsing and its abuse team.

Zach Latta has posted a Gif on Twitter which shows what happens when you click the link in the email, you can see this below and if you click it, your Gmail account will be compromised.

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If you click the link, it'll take you to a Google accounts page with different Google accounts.

But "Google Docs" was an app that used the actual Google Docs name. "Once they entered that information and clicked then the attackers got access to all of the information that's in their email". You can revoke access by removing this Google Docs app from your permissions.

The phishing attempt was extremely convincing as it looked like an invitation that shared a Google Doc from someone in your contact list.

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TechCrunch notes that while the new warning might not have flagged yesterday's Google Doc phishing email - as it wasn't linking to an outside source - the new warnings could help prevent other widespread attempted hacks.

Google did not immediately say how many users were affected by the scam, but Roxbury, Somerset Hills and Wayne Township Public Schools say that they were affected, along with NJIT police. The malware attack starts with a deceptive email invitation to edit a Google Doc, which is the popular app for writing and sharing files. In a statement, the company said that it was able to stop the campaign within approximately one hour.

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