Google warns of phishing scam that impersonates Google Docs

However, unlike other phishing practices, the email was posed as an invitation to join a Google Doc.

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However, if you do click on the link, do not give permission when the fake Google Docs app asks for it.

But if you were already victimized by this attack, you have to go to your Google connected sites console and revoke access to Google Docs.

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.

Google says that it has disabled the accounts associated with the scam and will take necessary precautions to prevent a similar kind of attack.

The email was sent to all contacts in affected email accounts if a user clicked its link.

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Staff at multiple media outlets, including CBS News, reported receiving the emails, which look almost identical to the actual ones Google Drive sends when a person shares a document.

We've addressed the issue with a phishing email claiming to be Google Docs.

- Pwn All The Things (@pwnallthethings) May 3, 2017 " Google HR has sent you a job offer in Google Docs". When you click on a suspicious link in a message, Gmail will show a warning prompt helping you keep your account safe.

After logging in, the fake Google Docs app then requests access to the user's Google accounts. After that's selected, the app called "Google Docs" asks for a series of permissions.

A phishing attack is a popular method of stealing credentials and hacking into people's emails, bank accounts or other private accounts.

On agreement, the app would send additional copies of the original email to the users' contacts. You can then change your password and turn on two-step authentication. It stopped the phishing campaign within one hour of its launch.

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