Sophisticated Gmail Phishing Scam: Don’t Get Caught In The Net

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A sophisticated Gmail phishing scam that first popped up last year seems to gaining steam, even among tech-savvy consumers, because it’s unusually well-designed.

 

Not Sure If Phishing

 

This new scheme employs the usual trick of getting the email recipient to click on a bogus link, but the email appears to be from a known contact and the form that displays when the link is clicked looks totally legitimate—even its URL seems on the up-and-up at first glance. From the Wordfence security blog (images from Wordfence security blog also):


The way the attack works is that an attacker will send an email to your Gmail account. That email may come from someone you know who has had their account hacked using this technique. It may also include something that looks like an image of an attachment you recognize from the sender.

You click on the image, expecting Gmail to give you a preview of the attachment. Instead, a new tab opens up and you are prompted by Gmail to sign in again. You glance at the location bar and you see accounts.google.com in there. It looks like this…

 

 

You go ahead and sign in on a fully functional sign-in page that looks like this:

 
GMail data URI phishing sign-in page
 

Once you complete sign-in, your account has been compromised.

 

Click here to read the full post on the Wordfence security blog, which includes an update with a response from Google.

 

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