Scam artists went phishing for Google users

Posted on March 1, 2009

 

Users of Google’s Gmail service were hit by a phishing scam this week, through the Google Talk messaging service. Users of the service received a message, which appeared to have come from one of their contacts, but instead contained a link to a spam website called ViddyHo.com.

Google has acted fast and has blacklisted the ViddyHo.com website.

The scam attempt wasn’t the first issue Google experienced that week with regards to Gmail, as the whole service crashed at 9:30am on Tuesday morning, with UK users being unable to access their email.

Acacio Cruz wrote about the incident on Google’s blog:

We know that for many of you, this disrupted your working day. We’re really sorry about this, and we did do everything to restore access as soon as we could. Our priority was to get you back up and running. Our engineers are still investigating the root cause of the problem.

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