Google will protect 10,000 users in a special way

 


Google will protect 10,000 users in a special way



Google has selected 10,000 of its users at high risk of being hacked, many of whom are politicians, rights activists and journalists. To prevent them from being subjected to cyber attacks, the company gave them free USB security keys with two-factor authentication installed. This way, your Google accounts will have an extra protection system in addition to the password.


With this decision, Google launched an "Advanced Protection" program targeting influencer users. In recent weeks, Google has sent an email to some of these Gmail users warning them that they may have a cyber attack.


These alerts began arriving at the end of September. That's when the company discovered a hacking campaign targeting 14,000 Gmail users "from a variety of industries". According to the company, this campaign was promoted by APT-28, also known as "Fancy Bear", a group of cybercriminals linked to Russian intelligence services.


The goal of their attacks would be to get the passwords of these users to steal the information they have stored. Already in 2016, the same group achieved success in one of its campaigns by following the same procedure. About 4,000 Gmail users were hacked, many of them linked to Hillary Clinton's election campaign and the Democratic Party. The information obtained was used to influence the US elections that year, which Donald Trump won.



Subsequently, other Russian hacker groups carried out a coordinated cyber attack against European and American embassies in Italy, Bermuda, Kenya and other countries.


One of the beneficiaries of this measure is the American journalist Barton Gilman of The Atlantic. On his Twitter account, he said he had received a series of security notifications from Google. It's now part of Google's special security program to prevent "foreign government-backed attackers from stealing your password."

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