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Iranian Gmail accounts hit by phishing campaign

Google suggests attacks tied to presidential election

Tens of thousands of Iranian Gmail accounts were targeted according to Google.
Tens of thousands of Iranian Gmail accounts were targeted according to Google.

Tens of thousands of Iranian Gmail users have encountered phishing attacks on their accounts in recent weeks, in the run-up to the Islamic republic's presidential election, Reuters reported.

Gmail operator Google characterised the phishing - which was designed to trick users into disclosing personal information - as "politically motivated" and "connected" to the Friday's election.

Google yesterday posted a warning about the attacks on its security blog, which included a screenshot of a phishing email disguised as a message from email.settings@gmail.com. The email contained a link to a counterfeit page that asked for the entry of Gmail-related account information.

Google did not name specific a suspected group, but suggested the "timing and targeting of the campaigns" could be interpreted as connecting the attacks to the upcoming election.

"Protecting our users' accounts is one of our top priorities, so we notify targets of state-sponsored attacks and other suspicious activity, and we take other appropriate actions to limit the impact of these attacks on our users," Google said.