Google Adds Safety Feature to Android Gmail App After E-Mail Phishing Attack
A word of warning: If there is an e-mail in your inbox asking you to open a Google Doc from someone, don’t open it. Most Google users are by now aware of the phishing e-mail scam that took place Wednesday, which many security experts called “sophisticated,” various news sources reported. A day after the attack, Google has rolled out a new safeguard to its Android Gmail app.
The phishing scam attempted to hack a user’s Google account after the user clicks a link that appears to be from a trusted individual. Google was able to stop the attack after about 1 million (just 0.1 percent) of all Gmail users had seen one of the e-mails.
Now with the Gmail app updates, when a phony link appears in an e-mail, Google will warn the user, with an alert: “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.”
The company recommends that Google users affected by the attack change their passwords and report the incident.