Gmail accounts are often utilized in recognition assaults that precede a more targeted phishing attempt. The attackers may use the email service to avoid discovery, quickly establish pseudonymous accounts, and verify whether the target has opened the message.
According to a study conducted by Barracuda, a security firm, in September 2021, attacks against commercial email accounts, in particular, are on the rise as 35 percent of the 10,500 firms investigated had received at least one email as part of a reconnaissance assault, often known as a baiting attack in English.
Attackers can employ reconnaissance assaults to gather information before launching a phishing attempt to determine if the email address is actual, the effectiveness of the victim’s anti-spam defences, as well as the victim’s capacity to engage with and react to emails from unfamiliar addresses. Most of the acount6s that are used in the attacks are newly registered accounts, particularly Gmail accounts.
The reason might be because Gmail is already a well-known service that is seen to be secure by both users and security software, which has the dual effect of putting victims at ease while escaping detection. But, most crucially, Gmail offers a function that enables you to know when an email has been viewed. It also makes it simple to establish an email account with a pseudonym, permitting a hacker to get any information discreetly.
The research firm advises you to avoid being targeted in the future. It’s best to delete emails from unfamiliar email addresses right away, particularly not to open them.