Hackers using Google Translate domain to carry out attack

By: The Mobile Indian network, New Delhi Last updated : February 11, 2019 10:51 am

Criminals conducting phishing attacks wish to throw people off their guard so that they will use fear, fascination, or false jurisdiction so as to make the sufferer take an action and question the situation afterwards

Scammers have started with a brand new phishing campaign seeking to take over users Facebook and Google login details. This time they are using Google Translate domain.


Larry Cashdollara security researcher from Akamai Security Intelligence Response Team received an e-mail with the questionable Google alert. The e-mail message notified him about a device used to signal into the Google Account.



Since he didn't log into the accounts on the time that he was warned, he decided to examine the email. This specific phishing attack is acting on fear by demonstrating the alert about the access to your Google account, as Larry Cashdollar wrote in his post. Benefiting from famous brand names is a very common phishing trick, and it usually works when the victim is not aware or paying attention. 

Criminals conducting phishing attacks wish to throw people off their guard so that they will use fear, fascination, or false jurisdiction to make the sufferer take action and question the situation afterwards. When this occurs, it's possible - anticipated, in several cases - the sufferer is not going to pay attention to small details that provide the scam off.


In my case, Cashdollar adds, the attacker is utilising a mixture of dread and fascination. Stress my accounts is compromised, and the curiosity to know who did it. The first portion of the assault - report from Google. The bogus e-mail message also contained the Consult the action, connection which, once clicked, redirected the victim directly to the page promoting an individual to input Google account login and password. 

The suspicious thing about it landing web page was the mentioned google translate domain name. That is a well-thought selection because when the user sees the URL from the browser bar, the legitimate Google domain shows up and produces a false feeling of legitimacy.


As per  Larry Cashdollar, the link's address appears legitimate when opened on your mobile device. But, analysing the email along with the site landing web page address on the pc reveals the complete, domain. In case the user finds this address in the first stage of the attack, the infection can be avoided. But whenever you enter the e-mail and password to login into your Google account, the attacker may collect entered information and move with the second part phishing. 

The 2nd part of the assault - getting your Facebook credentials. Phishers who developed this effort have been attempting to attack users twice by two unique approaches used to get Google and Facebook credentials. Considering that the offenders have your Google account logins, today you get redirected to some copy of the Facebook login portal. Again campaign is clearly targeting mobile users and the site landing web page for Facebook shows a mobile login version.

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