Google Warnings About State-Sponsored Hacking Attempts Top 50,000 in 2021

Google Warnings About State-Sponsored Hacking Attempts Top 50,000 in 2021

Google is reporting a disturbing increase in suspected state-sponsored hacks. Since 2012, Google has issued warnings to users if a state-sponsored hacker might be targeting their accounts. “So far in 2021, we’ve sent over 50,000 warnings, a nearly 33% increase from this time in 2020,” Security Engineer Ajax Bash wrote in a post on Thursday. Google is blaming the increase mainly on the notorious Russian hacking group APT 28, also known as Fancy Bear. A large-scale phishing campaign from the group prompted Google to send 14,000 warnings to users last month. The other warnings can be sourced back to a variety of state-sponsored hacking groups Google has been trying to monitor. “On any given day, TAG (the company’s Threat Analysis Group) is tracking more than 270 targeted or government-backed attacker …
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