Google Warns of New State-Sponsored Cyberattack Targets

The warning from Google

From Nicole Perlroth, New York Times:  In June, many Google users were surprised to see an unusual greeting at the top of their Gmail inbox, Google home page or Chrome browser. “Warning: We believe state-sponsored attackers may be attempting to compromise your account or computer.”

On Tuesday, tens of thousands more Google users will begin to see that message. . . .

Mike Wiacek, a manager on Google’s information security team, said in an interview on Tuesday that since Google started to alert users to state-sponsored attacks three months ago, it had gathered new intelligence about attack methods and the groups deploying them. He said the company was using that information to warn “tens of thousands of new users” that they may have been targets, starting on Tuesday. . . .

Mr. Wiacek noted that Google had seen an increase in state-sponsored activity coming from the Middle East. He declined to call out particular countries, but he said the activity was coming from “a slew of different countries” in the region.

Those findings triangulate with recent discoveries by security researchers that Middle Eastern states, including Iran, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, have used spyware to monitor citizens and activists overseas.  (graphic: New York Times)

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