There are so many truly creepy and dangerous malware attacks to report each day that it's nice to tell you about one that might make you smile. It's still a little creepy, though.
If you're one of the 900-plus million people who uses Google's webmail service, Gmail, you may have seen a strange looking emoji popping up on your screen. It has been affecting Gmail users who use Google's Web browser, Chrome, but also Mozilla Firefox and Microsoft Edge.
It's a little cartoon character of a skull and bones, with some unsettling words popping up when you hover your mouse over it. (The skull and crossbones looks similar to a new Apple iOS 9.1 emoji.)
You might see words like, "Component spy" or "data spy." Those certainly sound like words a hacker would use. But, why would they advertise their hack right on your screen?
As it turns out, the skull and crossbones is a symbol that Google uses internally to notate bugs in Gmail. Ironically, the company has a team of debuggers to get rid of just this kind of thing.