This New Phishing Campaign Uses An Almost Authentic Gmail Log In Page, Here's How Users Can Protect Themselves

Phishing campaigns are among the most frustrating forms of cybercrime because of the fact that this is the sort of thing that could potentially end up making you lose access to your various online accounts. There have been numerous phishing campaigns that have been conducted over the years, with most of them attempting to pose as legitimate businesses through emails that contain links. Clicking on these links and filling out the ostensibly legitimate log in page will lead to victims having their account details stolen by malicious actors.

A new phishing campaign that was noted by Avanan is especially dangerous because it poses as a very authentic looking log in page for Gmail. Gmail is the most popular email client in the world, and with all of that having been said and now out of the way it is important to note that people are far more likely to trust emails that they receive from this platform than they would emails from other companies.

What makes this phishing campaign particularly risky for users is that it preloads their email addresses which gives it an even deeper air of legitimacy with all things having been considered and taken into account. In spite of the fact that this is the case, there is a way to figure out if a log in page is trying to phish you. This is by looking at the URL. Even though the log in portal itself would look almost indistinguishable from the real thing, the URL will consist of random letters and symbols which would be a far cry from the minimalist URLs deployed by Google.
The phishing as a service group known as SPAM-EGY is likely the main culprit, and this group has already been on Avanan’s radar for quite some time now. Hovering over links can reveal the URL that they contain, and that can help users parse real sites from fake ones. It is essential that consumers be informed about phishing attacks like this so that they can protect themselves and avoid clicking on links that lead to harmful web pages.

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