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How the Gmail Scam Works by symantec


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How the Gmail Scam Works infographic by symantec.

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How the Gmail Scam Works by symantec

  1. 1. 555-283-4972 John Doe Get a verification code on my phone: ****555 Receive via: Account Help a text message (SMS) an automated phone call Continue 1 An attacker obtains a victim’s email address and phone number—both of which are usually publicly available. 2 The attacker poses as the victim and requests a password reset from Google. Google sends the code to the victim. 3 The attacker then texts the victim with a message similar to: 4 The attacker resets the password–and once he has what he wants or has set up forwarding— informs the victim (posing as Google) of the new temporary password, leaving the victim none the wiser. 6 “Google has detected unusual activity on your account. Please respond with the code sent to your mobile device to stop unauthorized activity.” 5 The victim therefore expects the password-reset verification code that Google sends out and passes it on to the attacker. 483829 new password 483829 How the Gmail Scam Works