Be Aware of New Google Calendar Scams

Lew Smith, Director Consulting Services | July 11, 2019

If you think that you can easily decipher phishing emails and other sophisticated scams, you might be wrong. New cyber security research shows that scammers are becoming increasingly sophisticated with their ploys by utilizing the integration between Google Calendar, Mail and other apps.   This tactic allows them to not only gain access over users’ personal information, such as their credit card and bank information, but also to possibly gain physical access to their buildings and infrastructure. This is done by unrightfully leveraging the trust that users have maintained with the Google platforms. It has been discovered that scammers are sending alerts (sometimes to announce a fake online poll or questionnaire with a financial incentive to participate) and meeting requests over Google Calendar that contain links to malicious sites, built to steal your credentials.

If you are one of the 1.5 billion people using the Gmail service, here’s what you should know:

 

  • Users should turn off the automatic adding of calendar invitations by going to the “Event Setting” menu in Google Calendar and disabling the “automatically add invitations” option by enabling the “only show invitations to which I’ve responded” option instead.
  • It is also advised that “Show declined events” in the View Options section should be left unchecked.
  • Be mindful before clicking on any sent links or accepting any meeting invitations. If the request is unexpected or seems unusual, ask [via a different platform] the person who sent the request if it is valid. For example, it is best to be weary of invitations sent by someone of high authority who usually would not contact you directly or via the means that they’ve contacted you.

Don’t let your employees get duped by cyber scams. Do you need a training program to prevent against these types of cyber attacks? We can help. Contact us today and we’ll get the conversation started: 610-276-5500 or fill out our “Contact Us” form.

 

Photo by Elle Cartier on Unsplash

 

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