Google revealed statistics how often she has to warn users that they have attracted the attention of “government hackers”. Most alerts were sent to users from the United States, South Korea, Pakistan, and Vietnam.
Currently, Google is tracking over 270 government-backed hackers from more than 50 countries that collect intelligence, steal intellectual property, cyber attacks, attack dissidents, journalists and activists, or are engaged in coordinated dissemination of misinformation.
So, in the last three months alone, from July to September 2019, Google sent more than 12,000 alerts to users in 149 countries around the world, notifying them of email attacks by “government” hack groups.
Representatives of the company say that these statistics for three months vary by plus or minus by 10% of the number of alerts sent for the same period of 2018 and 2017.
Let me remind you that Google became the first major mail provider to start displaying such warnings to its users in 2012. We are talking about simple alerts to Gmail users: the company warns when it detects that malicious emails related to the activities of “government” hackers have been sent to the user. Such messages may contain links to download malvari, malicious file attachments, or links to phishing sites.
Currently, almost all major mail providers, including Microsoft and Yahoo, show similar notifications to their customers. And Google, in turn, last year has expanded this functionality on G Sute users.
Interestingly, Google does not send such warnings when users are under attack, but it accumulates messages and then sends them in batches to hundreds of accounts simultaneously. This helps the company confuse criminals so that they cannot find out which of their tactics works best and adjust their attacks in real time.