Google to alert users about ‘state-sponsored’ cyber attacks

Last Updated: Wednesday, June 6, 2012 - 12:41

Washington: Internet search giant Google has reportedly introduced an alert system that would warns its users when it thinks they may be the target of a state-sponsored cyber attack.

The company said it would bring up a banner highlighting the danger when users are logged into their Google Account.

An attached link will suggest actions to protect their data from being hijacked such as the use of tougher passwords and suggested system updates, The BBC reports.

The U.S.-based firm. However, did not reveal exactly what would trigger the alerts.

The firm only said that it would be based on the belief that a user might have become the target of malware or phishing, requests for some of their personal details from a party pretending to be a trustworthy source.

“You might ask how we know this activity is state-sponsored,” Eric Grosse, Google`s vice-president of security engineering, wrote on its blog.

“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 suggests the involvement of states or groups that are state-sponsored,” he added.


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First Published: Wednesday, June 6, 2012 - 12:41

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