Just hours after the Google’s famed email service, Gmail, experienced a severe outage, a new phishing scam has reportedly hit Google Talk, the instant message service embedded in the Gmail application.
Users who have been hit by the scam seem to have received an instant message that seemed to be from the victim’s friend or some other genuine contact, and included a link, clicking onto which the users get directed to a tricky website called ViddyHo.com, which requires users to enter their usernames and passwords for Gmail.
Victims who have entered their login information have found that their Gmail accounts had been used to send counterfeit instant messages to the people added in their contact lists.
However, Google was quick to respond to the phishing attack, as the company has already blocked the accounts of the users spreading malicious links, and has tagged the website ViddyHo.com as malicious in its search results.
In addition, Google has already marked the domain as the phishing website to help surfers using Chrome, Firefox, and Safari web browsers, a Google spokesperson notified via an email.
Besides, the company hasn’t received any reports on the incidences of any suspicious activity on the compromised accounts, apart from using the accounts to spread the link, the spokesperson added.
The company is requesting the victims of the scam to change their passwords with immediate effect.
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These kinds of attacks are unfortunately not as rare as we might think. There are even openly advertised methods and services that help criminals hack in Gmail and a host of other accounts. This hacking attempt was on an adhoc basis and the fact that your Gmail login details can actually open the doors to your credit card details and online payment.
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