Google Doc Phishing Attack

Check before you open that Google Doc

Google has been in the news lately and not for any positive publicity. Google’s mail application, Gmail, is being used by an attacker in a phishing attack. If you are a user of Gmail, you may have received an email from someone you know asking you to open a Google Doc. Once you click on the fake Google Docs, you are asked to give permissions for the app to be able to “read, send, delete and manage email as well as manage contacts.” The app then spreads itself through your contacts and others.

While this attack may not seem too major, consider how John Podesta’s emails were hacked. While we may not be working for the Democratic National Committee, we do use our email addresses for forgotten passwords for our online bank accounts, social media, and shopping sites.

Google has claimed to block the attack through the “removal of fake pages and applications, and pushing updates through Safe Browsing, Gmail, and other anti-abuse systems,” but users should still be vigilant in protecting themselves. Google claims that only 0.1 percent of users were affected by the attack, but with Google having a billion Gmail users, that adds up to one million Gmail users.

Being Network Literate means that users are constantly protecting themselves in a digital environment. One way to be proactive is to always look at who the email is addressed to. In the Google case mentioned, the email was addressed to hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh@mailinator.com. Military Families Learning Network recently blogged about additional steps you should take to protect yourself from phishing. Additionally, users should use the Google Security Checkup to review their security settings and activity, and finally report phishing emails in Gmail.

Although these security checkups are mainly in response to the latest Gmail attack, users on other platforms should become even more vigilant, as copycats will probably attack other systems.

Author: Terrence Wolfork (+Terrence Wolfork,@trwolfork )

This post was published on the Military Families Learning Network blog on May 5, 2017.

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Creating Space in Extension

Creating Space in Extension. An #EdTechLN Tweet-up. #Maythe4th at 2 p.m. ET
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Is it a coincidence that the EdTechLN will be hosting a Tweetup about creating space in Extension on the unofficial Star Wars day #Maythe4th [be with you]? What on Earth will we be talking about?

Space is where thinking, learning, reflection, conversation, inspiration, and more can occur. Often times, creating these spaces leads to skill building, creation of knowledge, and the discovery of innovative ideas.

The Network Literacy community of practice has been especially interested in nurturing these spaces. Leading and facilitating new ways for people to connect, learn, share and act together can often create the needed space to address wicked and collective problems.

As the Network Literacy team. We were struck by the tweet from Jamie Seger, leader of the Educational Technology Learning Network, that asked if creation spaces are critical to Extension:

Space can mean many things. It might mean providing ourselves with an opportunity to go beyond our plans of work, follow our curiosity, explore new ideas and technology, reflect on past experiences, and consider alternate strategies.

Creating space can mean creating those times, places, and platforms where what occurs is filled by what we choose at that moment, or is created by connecting with others that are drawn together by similar interests and passions.

We think creating these spaces is critical to Extension, but what is really interesting to us, is how people are finding the time and space to nurture these spaces in Extension.  Please join #EdTechLN on #Maythe4th, 2017 @ 2 pm ET for a discussion about how we create these spaces for our personal growth, professional development, and collective action.