14 thousand Gmail accounts at risk of phishing

Google has warned 14,000 users of the Gmail service of an ongoing phishing campaign. Let’s go into the details and see what’s going on.

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For over a year and a half now we have been asked to pay attention to various measures in order to counter the spread of Covid. A clear example of this is the social distancing that seems to contribute to an increasingly widespread use of the various technological devices, such as smartphones and PCs.

Thanks to the latter, in fact, using the various web services, it is possible to keep in touch with friends and relatives, even if geographically distant. In addition to the countless advantages, however, we must be careful of the various pitfalls. He knows it well Google, which recently warned 14,000 users of the Gmail service about a campaign phishing in place. So let’s go into the details and see what’s going on.

Google warns: “Warning, you are a victim of phishing”, 14 thousand Gmail accounts at risk

Starting from personal tastes, passing through the places we visit, up to our contacts, there are many data in the possession of the most famous search engine in the world. Indeed it can be said that Google knows everything about us. Particularly important information, which unfortunately often ends up in the crosshairs of some hacker.

The TAG team, which is the Google security division that deals with identifying and intercepting new security threats. The latter, in fact, at the end of September identified a threat coming from the APT28 hacker group, also known by the name of Fancy Bear, which has been linked to Russia several times.

About that Shane Huntley, director of the Threat Analysis Group, aka TAG, of Google, said that “a large number of Gmail users (about 14,000) belonging to various companies“Were warned of the matter, specifying that this kind of notices are not new to all people who work in certain areas, such as national security, but also activists, journalists and government officials.

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Receiving these notifications does not mean that the recipient’s Gmail account has been compromised, but, Huntley points out, “if we are warning you there is a high probability that we blocked the attempt“. In particular, the emails of the Fancy Bear phishing campaign were blocked by Gmail and did not arrive at their destination as they were automatically classified as spam.

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