Google warns Gmail users about state-sponsored email hacking

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If Google thinks a government is trying to sneak into your Gmail account -- well, now it'll let you know. And if you think this is another veiled snipe at China, you're not alone.

Google hasn't been shy about wagging its finger at China recently. And in what appears to be another veiled snipe at Chinese authorities, the tech company says it is now warning users if state-sponsored phishing or malware attacks appear to have targeted their Gmail accounts.

"We are constantly on the lookout for malicious activity on our systems, in particular attempts by third parties to log into users' accounts unauthorized," Eric Grosse, vice president of security engineering at Google, wrote in a blog post today. "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."

In such cases, a notice will appear at the top of the Gmail page that says "Warning: We believe state-sponsored attackers may be attempting to compromise your account or computer."
If that warning appears, it doesn't mean the account was successfully hijacked. It just means that the account appears to have been a target, and that Google is urging the account holder to change the password and set up additional security precautions.

In addition to creating a strong password that combines lowercase and capital letters, numbers and punctuation marks, Gmail are advised to set up two-step verification that texts a one-time code to the account holder's phone to enable a login.

There are other general security measures that everyone should take, Google suggests. These include updating the browser, operating system, plugins, and document editors, and being wary of links in e-mails or on non-Google Web sites that ask for your Gmail password. The legitimate Google account log-in site will have this: https://accounts.google.com/ in the browser bar
 

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Is this a psyop to get people to trust google?
 

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What kind of email address did you sign up for Wackbag with?
 

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Someone tried to get into my gmail acct from Turkey the other day. Gmail blocked it and I had to login and reset my password. Thermite paint?
 

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Someone tried to get into my gmail acct from Turkey the other day. Gmail blocked it and I had to login and reset my password. Thermite paint?
Gobble-gobble motherfucker!!
 

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Someone tried to get into my gmail acct from Turkey the other day. Gmail blocked it and I had to login and reset my password. Thermite paint?
Yeah, that happened to mine too about 2 months back.

Chemtrails
 

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i bet kirk thinks a good weather report is a psyop to get people to go outside and not read infowars
A bad weather report is to keep people off the golf course so the weatherman can have it to himself.
 

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A bad weather report is to keep people off the golf course so the weatherman can have it to himself.
That's such a sad image
 

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A bad weather report is to keep people off the golf course so the weatherman can have it to himself.
you've said a lot of retarded shit but that may be the most retarded thing your brain has thought was a good idea to say. i fucking hope a drunk driver cripples you.
 

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A bad weather report is to keep people off the golf course so the weatherman can have it to himself.
I don't trust that weatherman. He's a very slick weatherman.
 

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you've said a lot of retarded shit but that may be the most retarded thing your brain has thought was a good idea to say. i fucking hope a drunk driver cripples you.
I have a suspicion the weatherman is predicting rain to clear the golf course for himself. Everytime the weatherman wants to play golf, he makes sure its "raining"! And I'm calling the weather people on him.
 

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I have a suspicion the weatherman is predicting rain to clear the golf course for himself. Everytime the weatherman wants to play golf, he makes sure its "raining"! And I'm calling the weather people on him.
I have a suspicion that your name is Simon and you're 23 years old.
 

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I have a suspicion the weatherman is predicting rain to clear the golf course for himself. Everytime the weatherman wants to play golf, he makes sure its "raining"! And I'm calling the weather people on him.
What does the weather have to do with a Gmail account? Ill ask again you dodgy twat, what kind of email address did you sign up for this site with?
 

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What does the weather have to do with a Gmail account? Ill ask again you dodgy twat, what kind of email address did you sign up for this site with?
The other guy brought up the weatherman.

I don't remember.
 

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A weatherman, he mentioned a weatherman, something about a weatherman...
 

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I sincerely hope Kirk is killed by the police.
 

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Does the weatherman play against anyone?