Thursday, June 02, 2011

Gmail Hacking: Google stumbles gmail accounts hacked by chinese

The Recent Cyber attack on Sony PlayStation hacking was a disaster followed by Apple mac defender malware, and now gmail hacking .
Google claims that the accounts were compromised because of stolen passwords, reason could be due to malware installed on client computers, heavy phishing or through responses to malicious e-mails from fake sources by the hackers. It's feared that this might include senior US government and military personnel accounts that were compromised. The origin of this activity according to Google, is china.

Google relayed the details on Wednesday through its official blog:
    "Through the strength of our cloud-based security and abuse detection systems*, we recently uncovered a campaign to collect user passwords, likely through phishing. This campaign, which appears to originate from Jinan, China, affected what seem to be the personal Gmail accounts of hundreds of users including, among others, senior U.S. government officials, Chinese political activists, officials in several Asian countries (predominantly South Korea), military personnel and journalists."

Seems like Hackers around the world are getting in alliance for last few weeks to bring world's attention and pose serious security concerns to large enterprise companies.

Just like insurance companies that sell expensive disaster coverage plans (earthquakes for instance) having substantial potential turn over to the insurance company, they equally allocate huge marketing budget by projection of events and news that bring customer attention and awareness to purchase such plans. Human psychology :)
This could be an involuntary marketing campaign for the companies that sell large expensive security and protection software systems. :)


TalaT said...

Hackers Attack Nintendo

Anonymous said...

Yea, google has also provided guidelines to help secure the accounts!