Google alerts over 50k users about State funded Cyber Attacks

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Google, the business subsidiary of tech giant Alphabet Inc has released a security statement that reveals that over 50,000 users were warned about state funded attacks in this year 2021, so far.

Ajax Bash, the Security Engineer of Google Threat Analysis Group (TAG) endorsed the statement and attributed a large global campaign to a group of threat actors belonging to Kremlin based Fancy Bear (APT28).

Mr. Bash added that his company has sent a batch of intelligence alerts to all its users since 2019 and the present year has witnessed a 33% spike in the nation backed hacking attempts targeting over 3 million accounts out of which only 1% proved successful.

TAG has so far kept a track of over 270 government funded threat groups operating in over 500 countries and is also behind some noted state funded hackers from nations such as China and Russia.

In a separate statement released last week by Microsoft, the American technology giant said that Russia accounted for a majority of 58% cyber threats sent to Americans in 2020; out of which APT29 aka Cozy Bear generated the vast amount (92%) of cyber threat notifications the most.

Microsoft added in its statement that it has alerted over 20,000 of its customers over state funded attacks and will do the same in coming years.

Google is issuing such warnings as a part of Advanced Protection Program and will warn those who seem to be extremely vulnerable to state backed digital attacks and this includes those working in Journalism career stream, politicians, technologists and rights activists.

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Naveen Goud is a writer at Cybersecurity Insiders covering topics such as Mergers & Acquisitions, Startups, Cyber Attacks, Cloud Security and Mobile Security