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Hundreds of thousands of people received emails claiming to be a Google Doc which was actually a scam.

The phishing attack appeared to come from a contact and once the victim clicked on the fake Google Doc, the worm would email itself to their entire contact book.

A Google spokesperson told Business Insider on Thursday that the worm only affected fewer than 0.1% of Gmail users. That’s an estimated 1 million users.

This is what one of the fake emails looked like:

Google had this to say:

“We realize people are concerned about their Google accounts, and we're now able to give a fuller explanation after further investigation. We have taken action to protect users against an email spam campaign impersonating Google Docs, which affected fewer than 0.1% of Gmail users. We protected users from this attack through a combination of automatic and manual actions, including removing the fake pages and applications, and pushing updates through Safe Browsing, Gmail, and other anti-abuse systems. We were able to stop the campaign within approximately one hour. While contact information was accessed and used by the campaign, our investigations show that no other data was exposed. There’s no further action users need to take regarding this event; users who want to review third party apps connected to their account can visit Google Security Checkup.” 





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