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Google’s Phishing Quiz shows why Google AMP (Accelerated Mobile Pages) is a bad idea

Posted by jpluimers on 2019/01/25

This week, Google introduced the [WayBack] Phishing Quiz, a series of questions to see how good you spot phishing emails.

It is a perfect example on why Google AMP is a bad idea: it makes it easier to write phishing mail targeting Google users.

One of the questions is about a password change email seemingly from Google with a link by Google.

The link is really deceptive, as it:

  1. uses Google AMP (Accelerated Mobile Pages) which are hosted directly through a root path on the Google main domain: the URL starts with
  2. Especially on mobile, Google accelerates a lot of things through Google AMP, so a link on mobile that looks like this might be legit

This will deceive a lot of people as they are trained to look at the main domain to assess authenticity:

That combined with an email domain that also looks being from Google (with so many real word top-level domains, many would not be surprised getting email from

Just look at the below screenshot to see how deceptively this trick is.


The only solution is for people to learn that URL shorteners are evil: they mangle URLs. Which kinds of defeats both URL shorteners, and Google AMP (which also mangles URLs).


Google already stopped with their URL shortener (see for instance [WayBack] Google is shutting down its URL shortening service), so I wonder when they will stop with AMP.





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