Give a man a fish and you’ll feed him for a day; teach a man to phish and he’ll make millions from ransomware and identity fraud. Phishing is well-known threat and nobody is safe – not even one of the largest corporations on the planet. Google is the latest high profile internet business to suffer a major phishing attack; affecting an impressive one million of its accounts.
Phishing is now the number one delivery vehicle for malware and generally arrives in the form of well-disguised bogus emails or instant messaging. It often directs users to enter personal information at a fake but genuine-looking website or a commandeered legitimate site, which is infected with malware.
Apart from being a nuisance and potential PR disaster, it’s an existential threat to a company which offers countless interconnected services and applications accessible simply through users’ central email accounts or one sole log-in. So Google has declared all-out war on phishing campaigns.