Beware! Your Gmail email can be hacked with just one click! | Photos

Beware! Your Gmail email can be hacked with just one click!

In this new Gmail hack, you’re a single click away from giving away all your private and financial information to hackers. Read on to know what it is and how you can protect yourself against such attacks.

By: SHAURYA TOMER
| Updated on: Apr 02 2022, 19:01 IST
Hackers
In this hack, attackers use emails to send malware to your devices. This malware is known as ‘Vidar’, which looks like a simple text file, and is being used to steal people’s sensitive information. (REUTERS)
1/6 In this hack, attackers use emails to send malware to your devices. This malware is known as ‘Vidar’, which looks like a simple text file, and is being used to steal people’s sensitive information. (REUTERS)
Hackers
According to Trustwave senior security researcher Diana Lopera, hackers send an email containing a single attachment named ‘request.doc’. The hackers are using file formats to disguise the malware that generally do not raise suspicion, such as ISO and Microsoft Compiled HTML Help files, which are basically help documents for Microsoft. (REUTERS)
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2/6 According to Trustwave senior security researcher Diana Lopera, hackers send an email containing a single attachment named ‘request.doc’. The hackers are using file formats to disguise the malware that generally do not raise suspicion, such as ISO and Microsoft Compiled HTML Help files, which are basically help documents for Microsoft. (REUTERS)
Hackers
Once you click on the file, it attaches onto your computer and it is able to steal your data from various browsers and applications. The primary motive of these attacks is to steal your financial login credentials as well as login credentials of your social media applications. (REUTERS)
3/6 Once you click on the file, it attaches onto your computer and it is able to steal your data from various browsers and applications. The primary motive of these attacks is to steal your financial login credentials as well as login credentials of your social media applications. (REUTERS)
Malware
Although the malware is very malicious, it is relatively easy to avoid and there are various ways to avoid it. You should have anti-virus and anti-malware software installed on your device at all times. (Pixabay)
4/6 Although the malware is very malicious, it is relatively easy to avoid and there are various ways to avoid it. You should have anti-virus and anti-malware software installed on your device at all times. (Pixabay)

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Hackers
The best possible way to evade such Gmail email hacks is not to open mails and attachments from strangers. If the source is recognizable, then it is recommended to double check and scan the attachment for any possible malware or virus. (REUTERS)
5/6 The best possible way to evade such Gmail email hacks is not to open mails and attachments from strangers. If the source is recognizable, then it is recommended to double check and scan the attachment for any possible malware or virus. (REUTERS)
Hackers
Nowadays, Gmail automatically scans your attachments and notifies you in-case of detected malware. However, you should still be careful and immediately secure your computer and inform your bank in-case of any suspicious activities or transactions. (REUTERS)
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6/6 Nowadays, Gmail automatically scans your attachments and notifies you in-case of detected malware. However, you should still be careful and immediately secure your computer and inform your bank in-case of any suspicious activities or transactions. (REUTERS)
First Published Date: 02 Apr, 19:01 IST
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