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Oxford University briefly blocks Google Docs in anti-phishing effort

John P. Mello Jr. | Feb. 20, 2013
Blamed 'persistent failures' by Google to stop abuse, but removed block after two hours

Google isn't alone as a target by phishers for shenanigans, according to Patrick Peterson founder and CEO of Agari, an email security provider. "This is an all too common occurrence," he said. "Anytime somebody has a free online service, criminals beat a path to that service."

"Google Docs is massively popular so it's one of their favorites," he said.

In the Oxford case, he continued, the university decided that since it couldn't stop the phishing, it could stop the credentials from being exfiltrated through Google Docs. "It's better than nothing, but it's a crappy way to run an Internet."

While Oxford is understandably upset with Google, its dissatisfaction may be misdirected. "Google has been


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