Use Google Chrome? Update it NOW to protect against new phishing scam

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Google Chrome users are being advised to update their web browser after Gmail was hit by a phishing attack.

Earlier this week Google confirmed it has released a major security fix that should protect against the phishing scam and users are urged to check their browser to ensure it is up to date.

The release of the update comes after security experts last month discovered that cyber criminals were exploiting a security flaw in Google’s web browser to carry out phishing attacks on Gmail users.

The scam saw Gmail users being tricked into entering their login details into a fake Gmail login screen.

The login screen was a front for the cyber criminals who were then able to access personal data with the details submitted by unsuspecting users.

Gmail phishing

Image: Tom Scott

Online security firm Wordfence first discovered the scam, explaining that victims were targeted by an email sent to their Gmail account that included an image or attachment and in some cases appeared to be from one of their contacts or an email address they recognised.

When the email attachment was clicked on, it opened up a new tab with a fake Gmail login in screen which looked almost identical to the real thing, asking the user to login once again.

The cyber criminals then used the login details entered by the user to access their email and spread the scam to all of the victim’s contacts, as well as potentially giving them access to all kinds of personal data and online other online accounts.

However, Wordfence has now confirmed that an new update to Google Chrome has fixed the issue.

“Chrome has resolved this issue to my satisfaction. Earlier this month they released Chrome 56.0.2924 which changes the location bar behavior”, Wordfence said.

To check if your version of Google Chrome is up to date do the following:

1. Open Google Chrome

2. Click on the three dots in the top right corner

3. Go to Settings

4. Click on About

5. The version of Google Chrome is then displayed

H/T: Fortune

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