Google and 'state sponsored hacking'
Google are all set to warn internet users that there's a chance they're being targeted by state-sponsored hackers! All Gmail users are going to be notified if Google believe they're under attack from state forces.
This statement comes on the back of Russian opposition bloggers claiming that they were being targeted by Kremlin-sponsored attackers in the lead-up to Vladimir Putin's completely fair re-election in May.
"We are constantly on the lookout for malicious activity on our systems, in particular attempts by third parties to log into users' accounts unauthorised," said Google's vice-president of security engineering, Eric Grosse. "When we have specific intelligence – either directly from users or from our own monitoring efforts – we show clear warning signs and put in place extra roadblocks to thwart these bad actors."
"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," Grosse continued, adding: "We believe it is our duty to be proactive in notifying users about attacks or potential attacks so that they can take action to protect their information. And we will continue to update these notifications based on the latest information."
So who are Google looking at? Well, all eyes are currently on China, Russia and several Middle East autocracies. Of course, everyone is denying everything. Worth pointing that out, legally speaking.