Google Docs Phishing Scam Became Widespread, Affected Many Users

Many internet users revealed the latest online scam and it is about the Google Docs phishing attack on Wednesday. The problem arises when it starts to land the inboxes of many users, which they consider it as a widespread concern for the popular search engine giant.

Based on the investigation, it can be a sophisticated malware or phishing attack.

From the shared information through theguardian.com, this latest phishing scam is very deceptive because it aims to invite a user to edit a document through Google Doc. The subject came from a contact stating “has shared a document on Google Docs with you.” In case user made a decision to click the button “Open in Docs,” it will require this person to login his or her account.

Once the login is complete, this is the time when a fraud app from a third-party will make an effort to access the other important data and use them to different unlawful activities. Besides the email, the scammer can also gather information such as full name, phone number and employment, among others.

According to the news reports, clicking the provided link will make the account user vulnerable to sending fraud messages to different individuals without his or her knowledge. The usual recipients of the messages are those included on the address book.

Google however revealed that they are aware of the problem by now and are performing an ongoing investigation about it. Furthermore, they remind all users to submit a report through Gmail if they encounter this latest phishing scam.

“We have taken action to protect users against an email impersonating Google Docs, and have disabled offending accounts,” said the company’s spokesperson in a statement as quoted by the news online. “We’ve removed the fake pages, pushed updates through Safe Browsing, and our abuse team is working to prevent this kind of spoofing from happening again,” the representative added.

Although the company is not yet sure on the extent of the phishing scam, there are some popular online reporters who already experience such fraud emails. To mention a few of them includes reporters from the Guardian, The Verge, Hearst, BuzzFeed and New York Magazine, among others.

Google however does not give any feedback about the issue, but assures to provide the best security and immediate solution. On Wednesday afternoon, it released a statement to confirm that they had solved the issue about Google Docs phishing scam.

This somehow reduced the worries of many Gmail users to avoid compromising their personal data online. Because if a hacker or a fraudster successfully access the information, this person can use the bank accounts, birth dates, passwords, usernames and even social security numbers on the victims illegally.

It does not matter of what kind of email phishing a company may experience like Google; this is a dangerous activity and can potentially trigger a serious financial fatal trap. Majority of the email scam or phishing is easier to notice as a fraudulent email. This is definitely easier to determine because it quickly lead the recipient to bogus opportunities upon clicking the included links. Of course, it is important to find the best solution, whether the phishing activity is sophisticated or not.

US President Donald Trump Signs New Bill to Reverse FCC Privacy Rules, Favors ISPs

After few weeks of discussions and arguments involving, the latest proposed bill to repeal or revoke the Barack Obama administration’s Federal Communications Commission (FCC) privacy rules, now US President Donald Trump signed the resolution on Monday night. This latest move proved that Trump showed willingness to overturn the privacy measures when using the Internet.

From the reports online, the approval of Trump to make the resolution of the U.S. Congress to become a bill gives the Internet or broadband service providers an opportunity to gather and sell information online from different browsing histories of their users. The affixed signature of the US President confirmed that these providers or telecom companies can now decide for their own purpose even without the permission of the users.

It was a memorable win for the Republicans because they had been trying to oppose the decision of former US President Obama who approved the FCC privacy guidelines last October 2016. The guidelines will take effect before the end of 2017, but the latest signed bill means changing the rules already.

With this latest twist, it appears that the votes of the Democrats few months ago vanished after the signing of Trump on Monday. The repealed guidelines became successful because the Republicans consider using the Congressional Review Act (CRA) of which permits the Congress as well as the president to reverse the previous decision of the FCC. According to the shared information, it is not possible for the agency to impose such guidelines again once overturned.

Some of the companies that will benefit from this new resolution include Comcast and Verizon. They will now have the same control such as what Facebook and Google had, in terms of privacy online rules.

When talking about the huge change that the new law suggests, it provides the ISPs and broadband companies to gather and sell information from their clients such as browsing data or other personal information. They can sell the collected data to interested advertisers online and do not make them liable under the latest online privacy rules.

On the other hand, there are technology policy experts who believe that this kind of move does not benefit the customers or users when talking about protecting their rights and personal information.

According to the Director of the M.I.T. Internet Policy Research Initiative Danny Weitzner, the decision to reverse the rules means no replacement or it is permanent, as stated by the news. Weitzner is a former technology policy official during the administration of Barack Obama.

From the standpoint of some privacy experts and broadband firms also, they do not function as internet companies unlike Facebook and Google, which are popular huge web-based companies and with a lot of market blow online. Meaning, they have different methods on how they handle their clients than Internet service providers.

Since 1990, consumers get better protection under the conditions of the FCC and this is the first time that the ISPs will control what they need from the information they collect online.