Google Warns Against New Phishing Attack on Gmail and YouTube Users
Google has issued an alert to users of Gmail and YouTube against an emerging phishing attack that poses a threat to users of these online services. Hackers use this attack vector to harvest the personal and/or sensitive data of unsuspecting individuals to perpetuate other malicious activities.
Gmail Account Phishing Attack:
Attackers are impersonating Google’s brand to send fake emails or pop-ups beginning with the subject line “Online Reward Program”. Users who open this email or pop-up are presented with a message “Congratulations! You are a lucky Google user! “Every 10 millionth search is reached worldwide; we will proclaim a lucky user to send out a thank-you gift. You are the lucky user!”. The message then requires users to click on a specific link to redeem their prize by entering their personal information, which is then harvested.
YouTube Phishing Attack:
Attackers are impersonating YouTube channels to send fraudulent emails to unsuspecting users. The emails are sent from firstname.lastname@example.org using subject lines such as "YouTube policy change" and "The YouTube team sent you a video." The email contains a link to the video or an attachment that leads to a fake login page where personal information is harvested or may contain malware.
- Google does NOT offer spontaneous prizes in the format described above. Do NOT reply with your personal information.
- Do NOT reply to or click on any link or attachment from an unsolicited sender.
- Verify any reward programmes via mainstream media outlets such as newspapers and websites before assuming they are true.
- Be cautious of messages that create a sense of urgency or fear, prompting you to take immediate action or risk losing access to your account or any other offer.
Contact the Cyber Security Authority
The CSA has a 24-hour Cybersecurity/Cybercrime Incident Reporting Points of Contact (PoC) for reporting cybercrimes and for seeking clarification and guidance on online links and transactions;Call or Text – 292, WhatsApp – 0501603111, Email – email@example.com
Issued by Cyber Security Authority
May 8, 2023