INTERNET SERVICES OUTFIT Google is warning some users about a computer infection that could see them playing roles in state-sponsored attacks.
In a blog post Eric Grosse, VP of security engineering at Google explained that only a subset of users will get the warnings, adding that it is monitoring usage and trying to pin down those individuals and machines that might be at risk of infection.
"We are constantly on the lookout for malicious activity on our systems, in particular attempts by third parties to log into users' accounts unauthorised. When we have specific intelligence - either directly from users or from our own monitoring efforts - we show clear warning signs and put in place extra roadblocks to thwart these bad actors," said Grosse.
"Today, we're taking that a step further for a subset of our users, who we believe may be the target of state-sponsored attacks."
Whether you see the warning or not, this is a good reminder about the need to behave more securely online. Grosse said that not all the recipients will be affected, but might be at risk all the same.
"If you see this warning it does not necessarily mean that your account has been hijacked. It just means that we believe you may be a target, of phishing or malware for example, and that you should take immediate steps to secure your account," he added.
"These warnings are not being shown because Google's internal systems have been compromised or because of a particular attack."
As the spectre of state involvement is not mentioned, it is not put into specific form. Grosse said that saying too much about the attacks could aid the attackers, but explained, "Our detailed analysis - as well as victim reports - strongly suggest the involvement of states or groups that are state-sponsored." µ
Hold the front page
Bluesky's the limit
Might need to come up with a better name though
There's an app for *that*