A number of Virginia Tech students reported receiving suspicious emails on Wednesday, May 3, that invited them to open a document. The emails were addressed to firstname.lastname@example.org. The attached document is likely an attempt to steal recipients’ information. Senior Chase Parker, who is an assistant sports editor at the Collegiate Times, reported that when he opened the attached document, the virus sent an email to every person who he had ever emailed before from that email address.
The emails all included the following warning from Google, “Be careful with this message. Similar messages were used to steal people’s personal information. Unless you trust the sender, don’t click links or reply with personal information.”
News outlets across the country have reported similar email scams. According to Vox, “When you click the link, you go to Google’s real login page. The problem is that after you’ve entered your password there, you’re redirected to a malicious third-party site … This page asks you to grant it permission to access your email account.”
Vox recommends being “very careful, especially in the next couple of days, about any emails inviting you to view Google documents.”
If you have already been affected by the phishing scam, you can revoke permission to your account by going to the Google app permission page and removing permission to “Google Docs.”