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Google Docs Phishing Attack

Google Docs Phishing Attack

A new phishing attack has jumped into the spotlight this past week, and it goes by the name “Google Docs.” The way it spreads is via email – you will receive an email saying that one of your contacts (whom has already fallen for the scam) wants to share a Google Doc with you. If you go through all of the confirmations of getting hooked to view the Google Doc then this malicious third party web app will have its hooks in you. It will start sending out emails to everyone in your contact book, asking them to confirm sharing a Google Doc with you.

As of 05/03 Google has disabled the application. That being said, due to how quickly this phishing scam spread, there’s really no real count on how many people have opened the application. The phishing scam’s goal, as far as we can tell, was to gather up your google password. This, of course, could lead to the leak of all personal information if you got roped into the scam.

This scam had me immediately interested as it had all of the ear marks of the ILOVEYOU virus that was spread via email and preyed upon bored or lonely corporate workers. Realistically, even though this scam did not get too far (as far as we currently know) the idea and tech to create another scam like this one, but more dangerous, could be right around the corner.

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