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Phishing Attacks Targeting Gmail Customers


A phishing technique targeting Gmail and other services has been gaining popularity during the past year among attackers. Over the past few weeks there have been reports of experienced technical users being hit by this.

This attack is currently being used to target Gmail customers and is also targeting other services.The attacker will send an email to your Gmail account. That email may come from someone you know who has had their account hacked using this technique. It may also include something that looks like an image of an attachment you recognize from the sender.You click on the image, expecting Gmail to give you a preview of the attachment. Instead, a new tab opens up and you are prompted by Gmail to sign in again. You glance at the location bar and you see in there. It looks like this….

You go ahead and sign in on a fully functional sign-in page that looks like this:

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Your account has been compromised once you complete sign-in.


Google Has Been Told To Hand Over Their Foriegn Emails



For Those out there with the luxury of privacy, well Google has been told to hand over  emails stored outside the country in order to comply with an FBI search warrant.  U.S. Magistrate Judge Thomas Rueter ruled on Friday that the act of transferring emails from a foreign server did not qualify as a seizure.

The judge ruled there is no “meaningful interference” with the account holder’s “possessory interest”, going on to assert that any privacy infringement occurs “at the time of disclosure in the United States”, rather than when the data itself is transferred.

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They Say It Was Weiner’s (Laptop)Metadata



  • FBI officials knew in early October that Anthony Weiner’s laptop contained emails that were sent to or received from Hillary Clinton’s secret server 
  • However, agency head James Comey wasn’t informed of this development until Thursday, writing a letter to congress Friday that the emails existed
  • Republicans, including Donald Trump, pounced on this news suggesting the FBI must have found a smoking gun in the new email trove 
  • Democrats have pushed back suggesting it was inappropriate for Comey to write to congress without knowing what the messages contained 
  • Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid today said he believed Comey may have violated the Hatch Act 
  • What the FBI officials used to make their determination that Clinton emails were on the laptop was the metadata 

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Yahoo Admitted 500 MillionAccounts Hacked: However, This Is News To Verizon


Yahoo admitted that back in 2014 there was a theft of 500 million accounts. However, Verizon who recently acquired Yahoo in July for $4.83 billion has not finalized the acquisition and says this is news to them, they’re just learning about this.

Google & Unencrypted Emails

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Google has a pair of new security features that will warn users when they should be cautious about revealing sensitive information over email.

Users will be shown a small red unlocked padlock icon in the upper right-hand corner of a message to let them know that someone they’re sending messages to or receiving email from doesn’t support TLS encryption that would keep information from prying eyes in transit. The majority of email that users see on a regular basis likely won’t contain one of these warnings, as most major email providers like Microsoft and Yahoo already support TLS encryption.


Gmail’s Undo Send Feature



Gmail has a undo sent mail feature

Gmail’s Undo Send Instructions Here

Google Patents A Toy that They Say Is Evil

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Google’s patent describes a toy that will look at and talk to your kids, then update a remote media device, depending upon the child’s feedback.The inventor of the evil robot is named as Richard Wayne DeVaul, whose job title is “director of rapid evaluation and mad science” at Google X. He works in a secret Google lab that may or may not be filled with roving robots, space elevators and talking refrigerators”. he also jumped ship from Apple to Google.

An anthropomorphic device, perhaps in the form factor of a doll or toy, may be configured to control one or more media devices. Upon reception or a detection of a social cue, such as movement and/or a spoken word or phrase, the anthropomorphic device may aim its gaze at the source of the social cue.

In response to receiving a voice command, the anthropomorphic device may interpret the voice command and map it to a media device command. Then, the anthropomorphic device may transmit the media device command to a media device, instructing the media device to change state.

The patent suggests other forms the demon dolly could assume in order to lure a child into a false sense of security, noting it could take the form of a dragon or an alien.

Young children might find this attractive. However, individuals of all ages may find interacting with these anthropomorphic devices to be more natural than interacting with traditional types of user interfaces.

A patent filed earlier this year has raised ridiculous concerns that Google may be building a robot army. These robots may be loaded with distinctive personalities, which alarmists claim are designed to raise the youth of humanity once Google’s AI destroys all adults.

Google has not responded to The Register‘s inquiry about the integration of these distinct areas of research at the time of publication.

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