Gmail “From field” bug makes phishing attacks easier for hackers

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Gmail, as we know, is a popular and commonly preferred email platform around the world. That’s why any news about a bug in this platform is bound to create chaos among users. And, that’s exactly the case this time.

Software developer Tim Cotten has discovered a bug Gmail’s ‘From:’ header structure that can allow the addition of an arbitrary email address in the sender field. Thus, the bug can lead to ‘high-level abuse’, Cotton explains. The bug makes it easy to add the recipient’s address and trick them about the content of their sent emails.

According to Cotton’s blog post, the bug works in such a way that these emails get placed into the “Sent folder” even if the person hasn’t ever sent them. Cotten believes that this bug would give scammers and phishers a new platform to exploit and target unsuspecting users. They can be tricked into opening malicious links or clicking on rogue attachments.

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