According to Google's research team, the company has sent over 12.000 alerts security into a users coming from 149 countries. The alerts are about attacks based on e-mail and made by hacking groups supported by governments other states.
The most alarming thing in the whole situation is that this enormous number of alerts concerned attacks in just three months, from July to September of 2019. Shane Huntley, a member of Google's threat analysis team, said in a blog post.
According to Huntley, alerts for attacks in this quarter are at +/- 10% compared to alerts sent during the same period of 2018 and 2017. This means that in recent years there has been no significant increase or decrease in attacks by government hacking teams.
Google claims that most of these alerts were sent to users on USA and Pakistan, as they were a major target of the attacks.
Essentially, the notifications sent by Google it's just emails. Google alerts its users gmail, when it detects that they have received malicious emails associated with a government hacking campaign.
Malicious emails usually contain links that, if opened, are installed malware at device of victims or leading to phishing sites, through which hackers can collect the victim's credentials and obtain access in their accounts.
Η Google started sending security alerts seven years ago
Google was the first large company to send emails to its users to warn them for the existence of threats. It started sending alerts to 2012. Now, other email service providers, such as Microsoft and Yahoo, are showing similar alerts.
Google has made some changes to 2017 to make notifications even more visible when a user enters their inbox gmail.
2018, the company launch this feature and the bills G Suite, to alert even more users.
Google does not send alerts to users as soon as they are targeted by hackers. It alerts them with a little delay and when it does, it sends out emails to hundreds of (affected) accounts at once.
Google has said that with this technique, confuses hackers and it doesn't allow them to understand which of their tactics works best, because they don't understand which of the maliciously Their emails trigger alerts (since they are not sent immediately after receiving the malicious email).
The company said that if users receive any of these notifications they should sign up for Google's Advanced Protection Program (APP).
“We urge high-risk users, such as journalists, human rights activists and political campaigners, to join the Advanced Protection Program (APP), which provides the stronger protection against Phishing account attacks and violations"Huntley said.
"The APP was designed specifically for high-risk accounts and now has more than 15.500 users."
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