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Journalists fight back against massive phishing attack – Poynter

Don’t open that email.

Journalists and others on Wednesday were ensnared in what appears to be a widespread phishing attack from the address “[email protected],” while others took to Twitter to warn others:

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I was sent the Mailinator email twice in less than an hour, from two sources on the media beat, which means journalists have already fallen prey to the scam.

To avoid having your account compromised, don’t click on the email, obviously. If you have clicked it, here’s what to do, per Hack Club founder Zach Latta.

A representative from Gmail said the company is investigating the attack.


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Benjamin Mullin is the managing editor of Poynter.org. He previously reported for Poynter as a staff writer, Google Journalism Fellow and Naughton Fellow, covering journalism innovation, business practices and ethics. He’s also reported for USA TODAY College and The Sacramento Bee, and he was editor in chief of The Orion, Chico State’s student-run newspaper. An Air Force brat who grew up around Northern California, he’s still adjusting to the Florida sunshine.

(via Poynter)