Google warns users of state-sponsored attacks

Google announced Tuesday on its Online Security Blog that it will now display a warning message to users that Google believes may be the target of "state-sponsored attacks."



Image Credit: Google Online Security Blog

The warning message, as seen in the above example image, will only appear to a subset of users if the company believes the account is being compromised by a state or state-sponsored group. The message will encourage the users to take immediate steps to add security to the account.

The blog post, written by Eric Grosse, VP of Security Engineering, did not go into details about how Google determines that a user account is under attack. Grosse mentions that the company might receive "specific intelligence" either directly from users or from Google's monitoring efforts, after which the account will display the clear warning signs and add extra roadblocks in an attempt to thwart the attackers.

The post also did not go into detail about how Google knows that the particular types of activity in these cases are state-sponsored, because the details of Google's information could assist the attackers in future attempts. Google claims its detailed analysis and victim reports "strongly suggest the involvement of states or groups that are state-sponsored."

Though Google did not name any particular states or groups, this additional security measure follows several high-profile attacks with evidence that linked back to governments in China and Iran.

Source: Google Online Security Blog

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Toysoldier said,
This is why I always use a proxy from China, hehe, bite me America

I read that as more of a benefit for Asian countries controlled by an authoritarian regime.

People may jump to the obvious conclusion based upon western propaganda - that this is aimed at China. However, it could end up being the US government that is most affected by this, as it has been demonstrated numerous times that agencies like the FBI and CIA monitor people without any concern for due process.

theyarecomingforyou said,
People may jump to the obvious conclusion based upon western propaganda - that this is aimed at China. However, it could end up being the US government that is most affected by this, as it has been demonstrated numerous times that agencies like the FBI and CIA monitor people without any concern for due process.

All good lies start with a kernel of truth. Propaganda or not...there is always the possibility that it really IS a chinese hacker of some sort trying to get in.

theyarecomingforyou said,
People may jump to the obvious conclusion based upon western propaganda - that this is aimed at China. However, it could end up being the US government that is most affected by this, as it has been demonstrated numerous times that agencies like the FBI and CIA monitor people without any concern for due process.

you know I haven't really thought about that, good call..

I hate it when China tries to hack my e-mail, obviously trying to get my bank details after I became the king of Nigera then won the Spanish lottery 2 days in a row. I just noticed my bank account is empty, must have been China, I'm sure this popup telling me to get Anti-virus for £74.99 will help me.

Gaffney said,
I hate it when China tries to hack my e-mail, obviously trying to get my bank details after I became the king of Nigera then won the Spanish lottery 2 days in a row. I just noticed my bank account is empty, must have been China, I'm sure this popup telling me to get Anti-virus for £74.99 will help me.

sometimes when I check my ftp, it's always China trying to get in

Gaffney said,
I hate it when China tries to hack my e-mail, obviously trying to get my bank details after I became the king of Nigera then won the Spanish lottery 2 days in a row. I just noticed my bank account is empty, must have been China, I'm sure this popup telling me to get Anti-virus for £74.99 will help me.

Don't forget to enlarge your penis

Gaffney said,
I hate it when China tries to hack my e-mail, obviously trying to get my bank details after I became the king of Nigera then won the Spanish lottery 2 days in a row. I just noticed my bank account is empty, must have been China, I'm sure this popup telling me to get Anti-virus for £74.99 will help me.

Don't forget about that traffic ticket in with the ,zip that New Yourk sent you (Don't correct the spelling that is how they sent me like 9 of them from different emails misspelled.)

Gaffney said,
I hate it when China tries to hack my e-mail, obviously trying to get my bank details after I became the king of Nigera then won the Spanish lottery 2 days in a row. I just noticed my bank account is empty, must have been China, I'm sure this popup telling me to get Anti-virus for £74.99 will help me.

Everytime Firefox freezes, I know it's China.