Google To Start Showing You Warnings For State-Sponsored Attack When It Suspects

Posted on Jun 6 2012 - 4:20am by Editorial Staff

Google in its latest move to fight against state-sponsored attack has come up with an idea announced by Google’s Eric Grosse, VP Security Engineering through a blog post saying that if you are using any of Google product and company detects any malicious activity on your systems, in particular an attempts by third parties to log into users’ accounts authorized, it will start showing you a warning at the top of the screen.

Here’s what Google had to say:

We are constantly on the lookout for malicious activity on our systems, in particular attempts by third parties to log into users’ accounts unauthorized. When we have specific intelligence—either directly from users or from our own monitoring efforts—we show clear warning signs and put in place extra roadblocks to thwart these bad actors.

Today, we’re taking that a step further for a subset of our users, who we believe may be the target of state-sponsored attacks.

You might ask how we know this activity is state-sponsored. We can’t go into the details without giving away information that would be helpful to these bad actors, but our detailed analysis—as well as victim reports—strongly suggest the involvement of states or groups that are state-sponsored.

Here are some things you should do immediately: create a unique password that has a good mix of capital and lowercase letters, as well punctuation marks and numbers; enable 2-step verification as additional security; and update your browser, operating system, plugins, and document editors

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