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What Is Google’s Plan For Google Docs Scam Aftermath?

By May 27, 2017March 1st, 2023Technology News

Phishing attacks are a fact of life on the internet these days, but recently, a Google Doc was used in a wide-spread, wildly successful attack that security researchers are calling one of the most advanced attacks of its class seen to date.

In fact, the attack was so successful, that in its aftermath, Google is rolling out additional protections to help ensure that the inevitable next attack doesn’t find the same level of success as this one did, which ultimately impacted several million users.

The recent combined a generic spam mail attack with an embedded Google Doc to try and trick Gmail users into giving up control of their email account. The company warns that any users who receive an email containing a Google Doc from a source they don’t know and trust should immediately revoke access to the document in their Google Account Settings and change their password, just to be safe.

In addition to making this recommendation, the company has announced that they’ll be rolling out a new security feature in their Android Gmail app that will mirror the action you already see when you surf to an unsafe website using the Chrome web browser. The new warning will read:

“Warning – Phishing (Web Forgery) Suspected
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.

You can continue to (URL) at your own risk. If you believe that this site is not actually a phishing site, you can (link)Report An Incorrect Warning(/link)”

It’s a good move, and should make a real difference in terms of limiting the next attack’s impacts. Hopefully, Apple will follow suit and implement a similar system for iPhone users. Note that the company has not released a firm ETA on when the change will be in place, but it should be regarded as “pending.”

Jason Manteiga

Jason J. Manteiga, Vice President of Olmec Systems, has been part of the company for over the past 20 years. He believes that having a great work environment and supportive team, is the ultimate key to success. Since being in the IT realm for over 25 years, Jason, along with Olmec Systems, has been on the Inc. 5000 “List of America’s Fastest Growing Private Companies” and Channel Futures MSP 501 “Top Managed Service Providers in North America,” along with other awards and nominations. Jason earned his Bachelor Degree in Information Systems from the New Jersey Institute of Technology. He also holds certifications in Microsoft MCSE, VMWare VCP, and Cisco CCNA. In his spare time, Jason is a contributor for The Center for Social & Legal Research (Privacy Exchange) and a member of the Morris County Chamber of Commerce. His hobbies include cycling and kayaking. He currently lives in New Jersey with his wife, two daughters and son.