A new phishing scheme, targeting Gmail users, aims to use your contact list against you by putting together a legitimate-sounding email from the contents of your inbox in an effort to compromise the accounts of your friends, family, and co-workers.
It sounds complicated, but the sophisticated attack is deceptively simple. Just like any other phishing attempt, you??ll receive an email in your inbox, but it will look like it??s from one of your contacts, putting you at risk by impersonating your closest friends and family members. This email will have details that other phishing emails don??t.
Instead of hawking male enhancement pills or fake package delivery notifications, this one will be from a friend or family member, it will include a plausible subject line and may include an attachment, usually an image, from that contact??s email box.
Clicking the attachment, will take you to what appears to be a Gmail login page. Asking for your login credentials, once you input your information, your account is immediately compromised. The scammers will then use your email address to try and hook other victims from your contact list, using the same technique.
Why is this phishing scam a bigger deal than the others currently out there?
Because it??s so custom-tailored, it??s a tough one to spot. Since these phishing emails come from your contacts, people who you likely know or work with, they??re able to bypass standard spam protections.
How to detect it?
How to protect yourself?
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