Once again a major IT security incident has been reported: this time it affects users of the popular online Office Suite, Google Docs.

Google Docs Phishing Scam

Google Hack IT SecurityGoogle claims to have stopped the offending “phishing” email within an hour. By then it seems like it had already reached a million of its users. The scam email appeared to come from Google Docs – the IT giant’s service for sharing and editing documents online.

If users clicked the link and followed the instructions, they would have given the hackers total access to their email accounts. Contact information was accessed and used, according to Google’s investigations. As a precaution, it is recommended to change your Google passwords.

The email consisted of an invitation to edit a Google Doc. The subject line said, “one of your contacts has shared a document on Google Docs with you”. The email address hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh@mailinator[.]com was also copied into the message. The free email service Mailinator has denied any involvement.

If users clicked on the “Open in Docs” link in the email, they were then taken to a real Google-hosted page. That page asked them to allow an authentic-looking service called “Google Docs”, to access their email account data. If they granted permission, users were allowing the hackers to access to their email account and contacts. They also probably compromised all their documents hosted on the Google Docs platform. The malware e-mailed everyone in their contact list with a malicious link due to the breach.

Keeping your business safe from Malware

Malware attacks and phishing scams are becoming more common and more sophisticated. As a result, IT security is now essential for business. We wrote last week how half of British businesses have had an attempted hack. Keeping your business safe from IT Security threats is all about having the right combination of policy, hardware and software protection. Most of all, it relies on you being vigilant.

We can also provide you with AVG Cloudcare managed cloud virus protection; monitored IT support; online cloud storage; and document management systems so your data stays safe. It is not safe to use free services: recent hacks have hit major providers such as Dropbox. Probably the most noteworthy victim of recent cyberhacking was Yahoo – where 500 million accounts were compromised.

Digitalquill: IT Security Experts

To find out more how we can protect your East Yorkshire or North Lincolnshire business from malware, call Digitalquill today on 01482 424402, email support@digitalquill.co.uk or visit www.digitalquill.co.uk.