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Google warns more users about state sponsored attacks

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Wed Oct 03 2012, 11:51
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INTERNET SEARCH AND SERVICE GIANT Google is reaching out to users that might have an infected computer and telling them to sort it out before it becomes part of a state-sponsored attack botnet.

This is not the first time that Google has issued such warnings, and users can expect once again to see them appearing on their Google homepage or in the Chrome browser.

"Warning: We believe state-sponsored attackers may be attempting to compromise your account or computer," is the message to watch out for.

According to a report at the New York Times a number of people in the US have seen it already. That report also warns that Google believes there are tens of thousands of infected computers out there.

Mike Wiacek, a manager on Google's information security team, told the NYT that the Middle East is most likely to be the source of the attacks, but drew a line at naming any one county. Instead he said that "a slew of different countries" are behind it.

Google recommends that users shore up their systems and consider using security measures like two step authentication. µ


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