Beware of this convincing Google Docs scam

According to some reports, these fake Google Doc links will take users to a genuine Google page to select an account.

Reddit user JakeSteam detailed the process and wrote that the attack was disguised as an email from a person on a user's contact list, which invited them to edit a file in Google Docs. "We've pushed updates through Safe Browsing, and our abuse team is working to prevent this kind of spoofing from happening again".

Alphabet Inc has warned users to beware of emails from contacts asking them to click on a Google Docs link after a large number of people complained on social media that their accounts had been hacked.

What happens is when if open the doc (please don't), hackers can get control of email, which may mean they can possibly get control of your Facebook, Twitter, or other accounts.

This phishing campaign comes after attackers in January targeted Gmail users with a sophisticated ploy created to steal usernames and passwords.

Google said in a statement sent to CBS News that by late Wednesday afternoon it had disabled accounts associated with the phishing attempt.

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Some of these emails are addressed [email protected] with the intended target placed in the BCC field.

"We were able to stop the campaign within approximately one hour".

In a case where the app in question is masquerading as a Google product such as Google Docs, this design creates problems.

Those who have fallen for the scam should change their passwords, and revoke permission to the Google Docs app by clicking here.

Phishing is used to gain access to a user's login credentials. Typical phishing attacks would usually trick the user into handing over personal information, but this one was far more sophisticated.

If you're a Gmail user that has received an email inviting you to view a document, it could be a scam. The email then replicates itself and spreads to "everyone you have ever emailed", according to JakeSteam.

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