UPDATED THURSDAY, MAY 4
While the news continues to talk about this scam, you may rest assured that Google has stated publicly that they have secured their systems against this attach. I still recommend following the steps below, to be certain your account was not impacted. I also recommend never clicking a link to open an online document of any form, without first verifying with the sender that they actually sent this to you and that the document is legitimate.
Today, many users are reporting receiving an email from a trusted sender that is asking them to click a link to open a Google doc online. This is a scam and it is being widely reported.
The good news is that Google has implemented safeguards to stop the attack. For those who may have already clicked the link, the bad news is that the hackers behind this now have access to your Google email and contacts.
Here’s how to check if you are at risk.
- Login to your Google account.
- Go to My Account.
- Click on Connected apps & sites.
- Review the list and if there is one called Google Docs, remove it, change your account password and be sure you have enabled two-step authentication.