Google to warn users targeted by state-sponsored attacks

Foreign Policy | June 5, 2012

Comment From Old-Thinker News: I’m sure that Google will alert us when the alphabet agencies are snooping through our e-mails. It’s not like Google has any kind of relationship with them, right?

By Josh Rogin

Later today, the company will announce a new warning system that will alert Gmail users when Google believes their accounts are being targeted by state-sponsored attacks. The new system isn’t a response to a specific event or directed at any one country, but is part and parcel of Google’s recent set of policy changes meant to allow users to protect themselves from malicious activity brought on by state actors. It also has the effect of making it more difficult for authoritarian regimes to target political and social activists by hacking their private communications.

“We are constantly on the lookout for malicious activity on our systems, in particular attempts by third parties to log into users’ accounts unauthorized.

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