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Google is trying to phish me! - Qualified Perceptions
firstfrost
firstfrost
Google is trying to phish me!
Until this morning, Google Docs was the coolest thing for collaboration. This morning, trying to invite addresses@mit.edu leads to what really looks like a phishing scheme. It isn't, it's that someone seems to have signed "mit.edu" up for a Team Edition of Google Apps, or something, complete with "In the future, this account may be accessible by your domain administrator, at which point you will be notified" warnings.

But it does not warm my heart to see Google asking for my "mit.edu" password, no matter how well it thinks it means!

Current Mood: surprised surprised

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mjperson From: mjperson Date: February 13th, 2008 05:09 pm (UTC) (Link)

Gah

Having clicked the wrong thing, and been confused, I now have two separate google docs accounts me@gmail.com and me@mit.edu. The gmail one used to send invites and the like to my mit address, but now it doesn't. Sniff.

Plus the mit.edu one may be accessible by a domain administrator in the future.
arcanology From: arcanology Date: February 13th, 2008 05:24 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Gah

To me that sounds like never use the MIT one ever.
algorithmancy From: algorithmancy Date: February 13th, 2008 06:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
Clearly you need to find chuck norris and tell him about it.
jdbakermn From: jdbakermn Date: February 14th, 2008 03:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well, I've read about the search engine fishing schemes, but hadn't enountered one yet. I had to look at the page source, then type it into google a few times.

Is it the "btnI=x" that tells google to take the "I'm Feeling Lucky" action?
firstfrost From: firstfrost Date: February 14th, 2008 03:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh! That's much funnier now that I realize that the original URL was a google search, not just that page. :)
algorithmancy From: algorithmancy Date: February 14th, 2008 07:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, it took me a couple tries to generate the correct URL from reading the google homepage source. They have two buttons, btnG and btnI for "Google Search" and "I'm feeling Lucky." I think normally the text value is "I'm feeling lucky," which made it pretty clear that any text would work.
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