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Google warns targets of state-sponsored cyber attacks

03 Oct 2012
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Search giant Google has begun warning users that their accounts could be at risk from government-organised cyber-attacks as the firm looks to educate users of the risks they face on the web.

According to The New York Times the messages began appearing on Tuesday, appearing stating: "Warning: We believe state-sponsored attackers may be attempting to compromise your account or computer".

Google is set to warn users it believes may have been targeted via its home page, on its Chrome browser and through its Gmail service, used by over 400 million people.

It's not the first time Google has warned people of this threat, after a similar warning appeared in June.

The New York Times reported that Mike Wiacek, a manager on Google's information security team, said since that warning it had gathered more information.

This had helped it uncover more information on attacks facing customers, alerting them to the fact "tens of thousands of new users" may be at risk.

V3 contacted Google for comment on its warnings but had received no reply at time of publication.

Several people have already reported on Twitter that they have received the warnings from Google.

The risk of state-sponsored attacks on personal accounts is another worrying development in the growing cyber battles being played out online.

Earlier this week the US government admitted that a spear-phishing attack had infiltrated its networks, although claimed it had been monitored and isolated and no important information accessed.

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Dan Worth

Dan Worth is the news editor for V3 having first joined the site as a reporter in November 2009. He specialises in a raft of areas including fixed and mobile telecoms, data protection, social media and government IT. Before joining V3 Dan covered communications technology, data handling and resilience in the emergency services sector on the BAPCO Journal

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