State-Sponsored Attackers Accessing Millions of Gmail Accounts Illegally

This year cyber criminals became very busy while penetrating security systems of many leading Industries. Last week we have seen hackers had managed to steal more than 6.5 million passwords of LinkedIn users. 
Also this week we have seen popular dating site eHarmony faced cyber attacks which causes serious damages. Now its the turn for Internet giant Google. Hackers have managed to breach the tight security system of Google Mail I mean Gmail. 
According to last report state-sponsored attackers are accessing millions of Gmail accounts illegally. Google unveiled a new warning system to alert Gmail users when it suspects “state-sponsored” attackers are attempting to compromise their accounts or computers using malicious software. 

Many China-based Gmail users reported received the warning early Wednesday in the form of a banner message at the top of their email accounts. The warning also reportedly appeared on accounts in the U.S. and Japan.

Google says it cannot provide details on how it knows that specific attacks are government-sponsored. But it said “detailed analysis” and “victim reports” strongly suggest the involvement of governments or state-sponsored groups. 

Google VP Security Engineer Eric Grosse wrote"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." However he also makes it clear that if users see that warning, it does not imply "Google's internal systems have been compromised." 
Although Google did not mention any specific governments that may be behind the attacks, many technology analysts suggest it may be another chapter in the long-running dispute between Google and China over censorship and web privacy issues.

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