Gmail phishing alert -- January 12, 2017

Started by Jason, January 12, 2017, 06:33:09 pm

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For anyone using Gmail, I'd highly recommend reading this article published today by WordFence:

It covers a new technique that involves a tricky redirect that appears to be a valid google login page when in fact it's not.  It takes advantage of a way to display a url in a browser address bar.

It's definitely worth a read as it could apply to many other services/sites beyond just Gmail/Google.


QuoteA new highly effective phishing technique targeting Gmail and other services has been gaining popularity during the past year among attackers. Over the past few weeks there have been reports of experienced technical users being hit by this.
This attack is currently being used to target Gmail customers and is also targeting other services.
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 in there. It looks like this....

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

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

Please visit the link above to read the full article on WordFence's site.