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Hackers Have Found a Way to Spoof Any Gmail Address

Chris Clements, VP of Solutions Architecture at Cerberus Sentinel, speaks with Lifewire regarding hackers spoofing gmail accounts.

May 4, 2022

“Threat actors are always looking for the next available attack vector and reliably find creative ways to bypass security controls like spam filtering… As the research states, this attack utilized the Google SMTP relay service, but there has been a recent uptick in attackers leveraging ‘trusted’ sources.”

“Fortunately, that’s the only thing that differentiates this attack from normal phishing emails.”

“When in doubt, and you should almost always be in doubt, [people] should always use trusted paths such as going directly to the company’s website or calling the support number listed there to verify, instead of clicking links or contacting phone numbers or emails listed in the suspicious message.”

Chris Clements, VP Solutions Architecture at Cerberus Sentinel

Key Takeaways:

  • Cybersecurity researchers have noticed an uptick in phishing emails from legitimate email addresses.
  • They claim these fake messages take advantage of a flaw in a popular Google service and lax security measures by the impersonated brands.
  • Keep watch for tell-tale signs of phishing, even when the email appears to be from a legitimate contact, suggest experts.

“there has been a recent uptick in attackers leveraging ‘trusted’ sources.”

Chris Clements

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