Wednesday 3 October 2012

Google says state-sponsored attacks are on the rise

Back in June, Google's Gmail service began warning users it suspected were being targeted in state-sponsored cyber attacks.

Now, Google's information security team is telling us the threat is bigger than they thought. The team has apparently done some research and has, based on new evidence, found thousands of new cases of cyber attacks that are likely to originate from Middle Eastern states.
By Tuesday afternoon, several people--many of them American journalists and foreign policy experts--had already taken to Twitter to say they had seen the warning. Noah Schactman, the editor of Wired's national security blog "Danger Room," tweeted: "Aaaaand I just got Google's 'you may be a victim of a state-sponsored attack' notice. #WhatTookYouSoLong?" Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, a senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, also reported getting the message. As did Joshua Foust, a fellow at the American Security Project, a nonprofit research organization, who has written extensively about Afghanistan. [NYTimes]

Google’s team has declined to pinpoint any particular countries in the Middle East, but says there is a “slew” of them.

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