May Day Gmail phishing

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

Mrs Clu-blog received an email yesterday purporting to come from the Gmail security team. If she had been bleary-eyed from the May Day morning festivities in Oxford then perhaps she would have clicked on the link without considering the consequences, but thankfully she thought twice.

The email reads:

From: Gmail Security Team <access@gmail.com>
Subject: Secure Your Gmail Account

We have initiated verification on your email address.

Verifying your email address ensures that you can securely retrieve your account information if your password is lost or stolen. You must verify your email address before you can use it on Gmail services that require an email address.

To complete verification, click on the link below:

CLICK HERE TO SECURE YOUR GMAIL

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.