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Cybercriminals Exploit Gmail Feature to Scale Up Attacks

Criminals are taking advantage of Gmail’s ‘dots don’t matter’ feature to set up multiple fraudulent accounts on websites, using variations of the same email address, Agari says.

Some cybercriminals are taking advantage of a long-standing feature in Google Gmail designed to enhance account security, to create multiple fraudulent accounts on various websites quickly and at scale, security vendor Agari said this week.

The feature, which some have warned about previously, basically ensures that all dotted variations of a Gmail address belong to the same account. For example, Google treats johnsmith (at) gmail.com the same as john.smith (at) gmail.com and jo.hn.smith (at) gmail.com.

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