Google Docs Phishing Attack-How To Protect Yourself
Posted by Amy Ewald
As many of your heard, there is a new phishing scam out there and it has to do with Google Docs. Unless you are 100% positive that the document is in fact real, do NOT open it. The best part of it is, an ethical hacker by the name of Eugene Pupov claims he did it by mistake. Whether it was a mistake or not, the emails come mostly from a domain named malinator.com. They look like this:
What does the attack do? It asks you to grant permission to your email, and if you accept it can go through your email and and find your contacts and send it out to more people from your account. It will look like it came from you, so be aware of any emails you may get from people you know. If you are remotely unsure if that email you received from a person you know has a Google Doc attached to it, send them a separate email asking them if they actually sent you a document. They may be infected and not know it! If they are infected tell them they need to notify people!
How can you protect yourself? Be suspicious of ANY email that looks like it could be a phishing attack. If you are wondering what that looks like, check out my previous blog article here. Do NOT authorize any apps to have permission to your gmail account. Check to see what apps already have authorization to your Google account and if they don’t look like something you accepted remove access. There is an article on how to do this on Google’s website here. They have addressed the issue and if you think you have been affected, please click here to find out what Google advises you do to correct the issue.
About Amy EwaldI’m a wife and mother of a 6-year-old daughter. I’ve worked in the IT industry as a Systems Administrator for over 17 years. I experienced my first migraine at age 11. My migraines have progressively grown in frequency and within the last 6 months, I was diagnosed with a chronic migraine. I write two blogs, one to educate everyday computer users with Tech Tips, https://techtipthursday.wordpress.com, My other blog is dedicated to helping migraine sufferers, https://mommyhasamigraine.com I also enjoy, walking, yoga, writing, reading and spending time with my family. I'm currently writing and illustrating a children's book for parents with migraines to help their children understand the problem and how they can help!
Posted on May 4, 2017, in Uncategorized and tagged #online, #Security, Apps, Authorized Apps, chrome, Email, Gmail, google, Google Chrome, Google Docs, Google Phishing Attack, Internet, Phishing, Spam, tech. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.