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How a Quirky Gmail Feature Led to a Phishing Scare and a Valuable Lesson in Email Security


It happened one day out of the blue in mid-October. I received a notification that a trip was added to my personal Google calendar — destination: Cebu, Philippines. What? Did I just fall victim to a cyberattack?

I logged into my personal Gmail account and found an email with the travel itinerary. I started to panic, and thoughts of despair began to creep into my mind. How could I have booked a trip to the Philippines when I don’t even have a passport?

A Phishing Attack or a False Alarm?

I stared at my screen for a few moments trying to figure out what to do.

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