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Google warns a large number of journalists they have been targeted by state-sponsored hackers

By midian182
Nov 25, 2016
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  1. Back in June 2012, Google became one of the first big tech firms to announce that it would notify users it suspected of being targeted by state-sponsored attacks. Earlier this week, across the space of 24 hours, a huge number of prominent journalists and professors from around the world received these warnings.

    Some of those affected include Nobel Prize-winning economist and New York Times columnist Paul Krugman, New York magazine's Jonathan Chait, Politico's Julia Ioffe, GQ's special correspondent Keith Olbermann, Vox's Ezra Klein, Yahoo News' Garance Franke-Ruta, and former speechwriter for President Barack Obama, Jon Lovett. Ars Technica reports that several security industry professionals also received the same warning.

    The red banners reads: "Warning: Google may have detected government-backed attackers trying to steal your password," and includes a link leading to an advice page on how to secure accounts. Reports state that some of the people who received the message were already using two-factor authentication.

    A Google spokesperson said the warnings were likely the result of hacking attempts made over the last month, rather than more recently. The company delays informing users that they have been targetted so attackers can’t learn security researchers’ detection methods. However, if a breach is successful, Google informs the victim straight away.

    While Google has sent out these warnings in the past, the sheer number of people who received them within a 24-hour period is suspicious, to say the least.

    Google hasn’t indicated who might have been behind the attacks but, assuming they took place around the time of the US election, they could relate to a spear phishing campaign tied to Russian government hackers that began just after Trump’s victory.

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  2. Bigtruckseries

    Bigtruckseries TS Maniac Posts: 423   +221

    You need to create a fake account and a fake email address and a fake persona - simply because Hackers are everywhere and none of us are safe. If your "naughty" accounts get hacked - you can always disavow that they are yours so long as you have no identifying marks on them.
     
  3. wiyosaya

    wiyosaya TS Evangelist Posts: 1,044   +274

    Do you mean YOUR "naughty" accounts?

    But you forgot to mention, now the pesky media can tell Trump that they were hacked and those stories HE did not like were not their fault! LOL
     
  4. Bigtruckseries

    Bigtruckseries TS Maniac Posts: 423   +221


    didn't Anthony Weiner try to say he was hacked?

    that ***** had the nerve to try and say his phone was "pocket tweeting" all by accident which is how those women got sent all those D*** pics.
     
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  5. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 8,558   +2,900

    In other words, Google doesn't know if these attacks are state-sponsored or not. The only way to know if the attacks are state-sponsored, is to identify the attacker.
     
  6. bluto 2050

    bluto 2050 TS Enthusiast Posts: 157   +7

    And which state's besides the NSA ?
     
  7. PrimateGod

    PrimateGod TS Rookie

    All my info is fake except the pic and the name
     
  8. RustyTech

    RustyTech TS Guru Posts: 865   +434

    Rob Rob Rob...you're getting more creative with every post!
    This time I read all the way to the last paragraph before scrolling up to see it was you who posted another conjectured post.

    I'll be honest, really getting tired of your clickbate articles.
     
  9. commanderasus

    commanderasus TS Enthusiast Posts: 53   +11

    Keep this a secret - Google - Facebook - Yahoo and You Tube are all state sponsored hacking sites.
     

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