The technique of targeting users’ email accounts with malicious links that gather personal data is one of the oldest and most successful hacks around.
And now, you should be on the lookout for phishing emails that are using Google Translate to mask their nefarious nature.
Phishing emails use a variety of approaches that all have the same goal: Convincing you to click a link before you’ve properly investigated whether or not it’s safe.
This week, a security researcher at Akamai outlined a novel phishing approach that they recently encountered in their inbox that attempts to use Google translate links to mask disreputable links.
In January, the researcher received an email informing them that someone had attempted to access their Google account on an unrecognised Windows device.
They first saw the email on their phone and didn’t recall using a new device so they moved over to a laptop to look into it.