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Gmail Fake Google Docs Attack Spreading Rapidly
More Than Just Your Gmail Account Potentially At Risk
Gmail Users Encouraged To Take Immediate Action
A phishing attack that uses a fake Google Docs invitation is sweeping the Internet. The scam uses a compromised Google Docs shared document invitation that appears to be sent from someone you know. Once the fake invitation is accepted, your Gmail account will be exploited to provide the hackers full access to the Google account without requiring your password.
If you’re like most people, you have a Gmail account. They’re free, handy and a great alternative to using your business or primary personal email address in many situations. When you set-up your Gmail account, you likely furnished your personal or business email address or cell phone number so you can more easily recover a forgotten password. Can you see where this is going?
Once the target Gmail account is compromised, the hackers have full access to everything in your Google world. Combine that with them having your business or personal email address and likely your cell phone number, the possibilities are frightening. Anything linked to a compromised Gmail account is potentially at risk, even if you have enabled two factor authentication.
Call to Action:
If you receive a Google Docs sharing invitation – even if it is from someone you know – DELETE it immediately. DO NOT open any messages that look suspicious and DO NOT click on any links.
Should you have any questions or suspect your account may be compromised, please call our office at (209) 790-4560 so we can assist you.