Google Docs users hit by phishing scam
Google says it has stopped a phishing email that reached about a million of its customers.
The scam claimed to come from Google Docs – a service that allows people to share and edit documents online.
Users who clicked a link and followed instructions, risked giving the hackers access to their email accounts.
Google said it had stopped the attack “within approximately one hour”, including through “removing fake pages and applications”.
“While contact information was accessed and used by the campaign, our investigations show that no other data was exposed,” Google said in an updated statement.
“There’s no further action users need to take regarding this event; users who want to review third party apps connected to their account can visit Google Security Checkup.”
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During the attack, users were sent a deceptive invitation to edit a Google Doc, with a subject line stating a contact “has shared a document on Google Docs with you”.
The email address hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh@mailinator[.]com was also copied in to the message; Mailinator, a free email service provider has denied any involvement.
If users clicked on the “Open in Docs” button in the email, they were then taken to a real Google-hosted page and asked to allow a seemingly real service, called “Google Docs”, to access their email account data.