Beware of invites to Google docs: Experts warn phishing attack ‘spreading like crazy’


Clicking the malicious link takes users to a real Google-hosted page that presents them with a list of their accounts. The page asks users to select one of their accounts and provide an app called 'Google Docs'

  • Phishing scam is tricking users give hackers access their Google accounts
  • Email is being sent to potential victims with a link to view a Google Doc 
  • Clicking the link redirects users to what appears to be Google-hosted page
  • Selecting ‘allow’ gives hackers access to accounts and any information inside
  • The email is then sent to anyone the user has emailed and all of their contacts

Users are asked to click on a link, which provides the hackers access to the contents of their Google accounts, including email, contacts and online documents. The malicious emails appeared to be addressed to '' with recipients BCCedGoogle has acknowledged the attack and released a statement on Twitter notifying the public that they 'are investigating a phishing email that appears on Google Docs'. The tweet continued to read: 'We encourage you to not click through & report as phishing within Google'
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Google adds new security check to Gmail for Android in the wake of devastating Docs phishing attack

  • When users click on a suspicious link, Gmail will show a warning prompt
  • Prompt warns the link is an attempt to trick you into disclosing information
  • Users will then have the option to proceed or to deleted the message
  • The update follows a a malicious scam that was flagged yesterday on Gmail

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