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Google to warn Gmail users when foreign spies are hacking their email

UK Daily Mail [1]
June 6, 2012

It’s certainly more alarming than your average PC warning message – ‘We believe state-sponsored attackers are attempting to compromise your account.’

Google unveiled the ‘last line of defence’ for users it believes may be under attack from foreign spies this week – and it seems the search giant will ‘defend’ customers against spies from any country.

The warning will pop up in Gmail accounts Google believes to be under attack. Google remains coy about how big a threat state-sponsored hackers – spies – actually are, but the threat is widespread enough for Google to build defences into Gmail.

The warning will pop up if Google believes an account may have been targeted by state hackers – although the firm refuses to reveal exactly how it knows.

‘We are constantly on the lookout for malicious activity on our systems, in particular attempts by third parties to log into users’ accounts,’ said Google in a blog post this week.

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