Google admits Middle Eastern governments could be spying on its users as it warns of ‘state-sponsored’ hacking attacks
By Hugo Gye
3 October 2012
Google has launched a new effort to warn its users that they could be
the victims of cyberattacks from hostile governments.
Account-holders working in international relations, development and
other sensitive areas have received messages from the search giant
informing them of recent efforts to spy on their online history.
The move comes after the company started detecting ‘tens of thousands’
of new hacking attacks originating in the Middle East.
Google is a tempting target for hackers, as it is not focussed solely on
search but also offers its users services such as email, mapping and
Chrome, one of the most popular web browsers.
This week, according to the New York Times, users thought to have been
targeted saw a message attached to their accounts saying, ‘Warning: We
believe state-sponsored attackers may be attempting to compromise your
account or computer.’