Gmail users has been warned by google as they may experience some state-sponsored hckings. VP security of google engineering, Eric Groose blogged that the company monitores its system against malicious activities, illega; attempts on user accounts.
Though the Chinese government had not been mentioned, but it has been a target of frequent allegations ever since google blamed them for recent Aurora attacks.
“The problem of attribution has always been a significant one when it comes to investigating cyber-crime, as attackers often disguise their location and identity,” Graham Cluley, the senior Sophos technology consultant said.
“We believe state-sponsored attacks may be attempting to compromise your account or computer.“ A warning stated for the potential cyber attacks.
Groose explained that “If you see this warning, it does not necessarily mean that your account has been hijacked. It just means that we believe you may be a target of phishing or malware, for example, and that you should take immediate steps to secure your account.”
He included some measures that users can take to prevent them beeing victims. “Here are some things you should do immediately: create a unique password that has a good mix of capital and lowercase letters, as well as punctuation marks and numbers; enable two-step verification as additional security; and update your browser, operating system, plug-ins, and document editors.”
“Attackers often send links to fake sign-in pages to try to steal your password, so be careful about where you sign in to Google and look for https://accounts.google.com/ in your browser bar,” Grosse added.