Google's anti-phishing tools.

Google Takes New Measures to Fight Phishing Attacks

One day after people found a suspicious email in their inboxes welcoming them to see a Google Doc that was fake, Google presented safer tools for its Android Gmail application.

When a false connection appears in an email, Google will now caution you, saying, “The site you are trying to visit has been identified as a forgery intended to trick you into disclosing financial, personal or other sensitive information.”

Google said the rollout would be continuous, throughout the following couple of days.

“While not all affected email will necessarily be dangerous, we encourage you to be extra careful about clicking on links in messages that you’re not sure about. And with this update, you’ll have another tool to make these kinds of decisions.”

The phishing act, which endeavored to take advantage of your Google account by clicking a fraud interface, influenced around 0.1% of Gmail users worldwide, says Google. That generally means around 1 million users. Google had said in February 2016 that were more than 1 billion Gmail users, making it the largest email company.

Google says it could stop the phishing effort in an hour. “While contact information was accessed and used by the campaign, our investigations show that no other data was exposed.”

On Google’s help page about phishing, the company says that the hackers behind the attack may be looking for your usernames, passwords, government-managed savings numbers, financial balance, mother’s original last name and your birthday. Google will never request this kind of data in an email, Google says.

With this, the hacking business may have come to an end, but it is indeed a curious case, looking at the fact that something as secure as Google, with all the claims it makes, can be breached to steal personal information. The quick action, however, from Google’s part is quite appreciated.


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