Google Docs Phishing Attack Impacted 1 Million Users

By Marcos Colon

The Google Docs phishing ruse that went viral this week is said to have affected up to one million Gmail users.

According to a statement by Google, it said that fewer than 0.1 percent of Gmail users fell victim. While that may seem low, as of February the company stated that it had one billion active users, according to a Threat Post report.

The company took quick action once the malicious emails made the rounds, and disabled the phony accounts, pages and applications tied to the ruse.

“We were able to stop the campaign within approximately one hour,” Google said in a statement. “While contact information was accessed and used by the campaign, our investigations show that no other data was exposed.”

Eugene Pupov, a self-described graduate student, claims to be behind the email blast which he says was actually a part of a final project at Coventry University, however, Naked Security confirmed with the school that he is not a student there.

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