Think twice before you click that Google Docs notification

Cybercriminals are getting better every day at finding new ways to rip people off. If it’s not taking advantage of thousands of flight cancellations, they aim at those working remotely from home.

A popular tool for remote workers is Google Docs. The online word processor and editor allow for creating and collaborating on documents. It is used by tons of companies and individuals.

But just because Google develops the tool doesn’t mean it can’t spread malicious content. Read on to see how Google Docs is being used to spread malware.

Here’s the backstory

The word processing platform is incredibly robust, allowing for powerful functions and editing on par with Microsoft’s Word. And since Google Docs is based online, users can share and edit a document if changes need to be made.

There is a comments function where users can tag others to get their attention on a change. Like how social media works, a user will insert a ‘@’ and then click on the intended recipient. The other person will receive an email to alert them to the comment.

Usually, this process is relatively benign. But hackers have found a way to abuse the system. The problem comes from the fact that external links are allowed in comments. Google doesn’t check these links, allowing for malicious content to be distributed.

Now, scammers are…

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