Following last week’s phishing attack on Google Docs, Google has upgraded Gmail for Android. The app has now been updated with a notification feature to warn you anytime you are about visiting any malicious website.
The malicious emails were sent from contacts, asking people [Gmail account users] to open a Google Doc. Anyone who falls for this, is immediately asked to give authorizations to a fake Google Docs app. Granting such authorization, will give the sender [hacker] the permission to read, send, delete and manage email, as well as manage contacts.
The most fearful aspect of this kind of attack is that authorization doesn’t look harmless; but the real danger is that the sender starts using the access granted to spread warms; even to other users.
While the actual number of people affected by the attack is not immediately known or disclosed, it seems a lot of users were indeed affected. However, Google seems to have nipped it in the bud by revoking access granted to the app as well as snuffing life out of the phishing pages set up by the hacker.
Sensing that revoking access granted to the app might not be enough, Google has updated its Gmail app for Android. The new update has taken the security level of the app one step higher than it was—you will now be notified with a warning when trying to phishing site from your mail.
“This week, we’re introducing a new security feature in Gmail on Android to help you keep your email safer. When you click on a suspicious link in a message, Gmail will show a warning prompt helping you keep your account safe,” Google Said:
The extra security feature is just one of several other security measures being taken to safeguard your account. Of course, not all emails can be tagged as malicious; it is, however, important to apply caution when clicking on any link added to every email you receive.
Last March, Google issued a warning along with a reassuring letter; telling users to beware of government-backed attack. In the statement posted on the company’s website, Google said “government-backed attack may be trying to steal your password.”
However, this warning also came with reassuring words; with the tech giant assuring users of the company’s readiness to protect accounts. Not that its [Google’s] policy has changed, but the statement on the company’s blog is just a reminder of the earlier warning it issued back in 2012.
A couple of journalists had reported receiving such warnings especially since the last US election was concluded. In the warnings sent to some of these journalists, Google warned “that government-backed hackers may be trying to steal your password.”
No word from Google if similar update will also be rolled out for iOS users; but Gmail app users for Android can now update their version of the app to secure their accounts.