Google Now Warns You About State-Sponsored Attacks

Google often gives us helpful security prompts at the top of Gmail or in its Chrome browser, but we've never seen one quite like this: a new notification will be shown when it looks like the attempted intruder isn't just a hacker but a whole goddamn country.

The notification comes after a year in which multiple prominent figures were hacked by suspected state-sponsored hackers. Google says that seeing the warning doesn't necessarily mean your account has been hacked — it could just mean that you've been targeted by a malware or a phishing attack.

Given the huge rise in politically charged cyberattacks that are perpetrated by every major country on the planet, it's a good thing Google wants to let us know what's going on. [Google via New York Times via The Verge]

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