The attackers used Google Forms to bypass email security content filters based on keywords. (Originally appeared on Flickr by brionv/CC BY 2.0)

Researchers say they have observed thousands of messages using Google Forms to target retail, telecom, healthcare, energy and manufacturing companies in an apparent reconnaissance campaign to launch future business email compromises (BECs).

The attackers used Google Forms to bypass email security content filters based on keywords, according to a blog released Wednesday by Proofpoint Threat Research. The researchers said the hybrid attack used Google Forms with social engineering attacks more commonly associated with BECs.

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