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Google has a new trick up its sleeve. The internet company introduced a new warning system to let users know about “suspected state-sponsored” attacks.
“We are constantly on the lookout for malicious activity on our systems, in particular attempts by third parties to log into users’ accounts unauthorized” said Eric Grosse, Google VP of security engineering in a blog post on Wednesday.
“Today, we’re taking that a step further for a subset of our users, who we believe may be the target of state-sponsored attacks.”
If Google suspects your account is being targeted by a government attack, a banner will appear at the top of your screen warning the user and suggesting courses of action, such as increasing password and account security.
Google says the suspicious activity it flags may be nothing more than a phishing or malware attack, but Grosse does add an ominous note.
“You might ask how we know this activity is state-sponsored. We can’t go into the details without giving away information that would be helpful to these bad actors, but our detailed analysis—as well as victim reports—strongly suggest the involvement of states or groups that are state-sponsored.”
Google, whose unofficial slogan is “Don’t be evil”, has recently had several large confrontations with the Chinese government.