WhatsApp went down, and Gmail faced a phishing email scandal today

Not a fun day for the internet.

Both WhatsApp and Gmail faced their own issues that left users very, very uncomfortable and wondering if their information is safe.

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.


About the Author: Justin Herrick

Born and raised in New Jersey, Justin is a graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson University where he studied marketing with a focus on digital marketing. He's very talkative and enjoys discussing anything from technology and sports to video games and television. As for Justin's current device rotation, he carries around the Google Pixel and Nexus 9. In the rare case that his phone or tablet is not in his hand, he is either flicking through cards on his Moto 360 (2015) or typing away on the Microsoft Surface Book. Justin is patiently waiting for the day that Google replicates the Galaxy Nexus with modern day specifications.