Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Fast-Spreading Phishing Scam Hits Gmail Users - Bits Blog - NYTimes.com

Tough week for Google so far

First, Google’s e-mail service froze for several hours, locking out millions of users. Now its chat service appears to be the conduit for a rapidly spreading phishing scam.

Gmail users who are logged into the accompanying chat service Google Chat, as most are, have been getting messages that appear to be from friends, urging them to click on a Web address starting with tinyurl.com that takes them to a site called ViddyHo. The site asks for the person’s Gmail log-in information and then hijacks the account, sending out chat messages to all of the user’s contacts and spreading itself further.

Fast-Spreading Phishing Scam Hits Gmail Users - Bits Blog - NYTimes.com

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