Not a fun day for the internet.
An outage occurred for WhatsApp during the late afternoon hours in the United States, but the issues are widespread and affecting users worldwide. Facebook hasn’t yet commented on the outage but is likely aware of it and working on a solution. Just go on Twitter and you’ll see thousands of people tweeting every minute about WhatsApp being down.
Gmail, meanwhile, scared many users when phishing emails started appearing in inboxes. It urged them to follow a link to an unidentified file on Docs. Google acted rather quickly and the problem appears to be resolved.
The following statement comes from Google:
We have taken action to protect users against an email impersonating Google Docs, and have disabled offending accounts. We’ve removed the fake pages, pushed updates through Safe Browsing, and our abuse team is working to prevent this kind of spoofing from happening again. We encourage users to report phishing emails in Gmail.
If you’ve been affected by the phishing email, Google says you should visit its g.co/SecurityCheckup and remove any apps that you’re not familiar with.