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Phishing Attacks Targeting Gmail Customers

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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 accounts.google.com in there. It looks like this….

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

GMail data URI phishing sign-in page

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

Gmail’s Undo Send Feature

 

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Gmail has a undo sent mail feature

Gmail’s Undo Send Instructions Here

Hackers Charging Less Than 100 Bucks To hack Gmail

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There are a bunch of them on forums. These hackers remain anonymous, offering certain services, and demand decentralized payment. hacking a Gmail account goes for 90 bucks.

One post on an underground hacking forum claims it will “Website hack or ddos. Paying well.” The poster explained that they wanted a WordPress-built website down. While this person would not provide reasons, he or she did add that the bounty was as much as “2k euro.”

A tool to hack Facebook accounts: $19.99 for 3 months

On this same forum you can find a post for a downloadable tool called Facebook Hacker, which allows users hack into Facebook accounts. It claims that it can “hack any Facebook,”  People responding to this thread claimed the service worked.

One popular hacker offering involves boosting Yelp ratings. Many offer services for posting positive Yelp reviews for a price. They can go as low as $3 a pop. Other, more savvy individuals say they’ve figured out how to remove bad reviews. Some hackers even offer months-long services for a set fee

Facebook account access: $350

Facebook account access: $350

HackersList

Another post on HackersList requested help accessing a Facebook account. The description for the project is somewhat amusing; “I need to get into a facebook page. Long short of it is I must know whats going on and I have no other choice (sic).” This plea successfully closed with a $350 bid

Hilton HHonors Points: $15

Earlier this year Hilton reportedly admitted that its rewards program HHonors had been vulnerable to a breach which potentially put many members’ passwords and PINs at risk. Even though Hilton reportedly patched the problem and urged all customers to change their passwords, hackers are still offering ways to hack into HHonors member accounts and steal their points. While individual accounts go for as little as $3, some hackers have set up configurations to crack into multiple accounts. These go for about $15.

Netflix passwords: $1.25

PayIvy

One easy find online are hacked Netflix accounts. You can find numerous postings on a number of hacking forums hawking individual Netflix credentials. They go for about $1.25 a pop. A site called PayIvy recently made headlines when hackers put their loot on the PayIvy marketplace, getting payed anonymously via PayPal. While many hacked Netflix accounts are still available on PayIvy, the company claims that it will scrub all illegal content from its marketplace later this month

 

 

 

 

Gmail Back ,Moving Slowly In China

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Access to Gmail returning to China, after a four-day disruption knocked out virtually all access to the popular email service from Google.

They are not sure what caused the outage last week. In a statement, a Google spokesman said the company had checked its systems and “there’s nothing technically wrong on our end.”

There was widespread speculation that Beijing’s surveillance and censorship program was responsible for the Gmail outage. The email service had been spotty for months, ever since officials cracked down on a number of Google’s myriad Internet services in anticipation of the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square protests. According to GreatFire.org, an organization that monitors Chinese censorship, users were still able to access Gmail through third-party email clients. But even that workaround was disrupted during the latest outage, the group said, after officials apparently began to block large numbers of IP addresses used by Gmail. An op-ed in the state-run Global Times newspaper called claims that the Chinese government blocked access “dubious,” and blamed Google, which it said “values more its reluctance to be restricted by Chinese law, resulting in conflict.”

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