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Best blog post title ever? "Security warnings for suspected state-sponsored attacks" That's a notice I hope I never see on my Gmail account.
Tuesday, June 5, 2012 12:04 PM. Posted by Eric Grosse, VP Security Engineering We are constantly on the lookout for malicious activity on our systems, in particular attempts by third parties to log in...
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But if it does I certainly want to know!
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I've seen that on my account a few years back, it was kinda scary. I was glad I had 2 factor auth turned on.
 
Wow, I'm going to celebrate the day that I see this on my account. Then I know that I'm truly important if a nation-state is attempting to get to my email rather than just the "run of the mill" attacker. I'll be internationally important. 
 
Wow, nice of Google to highlight this and protect its users regardless of the state's view on things.
 
what is Google's definition of a state-sponsored attack? Since the precise definition as with terrorism, and the identification of particular examples are subjects of heated political disputes.
 
The post addresses that:  "You might ask how we know this activity is state-sponsored. We can’t go into the details without giving away information that would be helpful to these bad actors..."
 
for americans this doesn't make much of a difference when it's Uncle Sam knocking on your account...lol
 
+Matt Cutts what does the term "State Sponsored" actually mean here?U mean to say Government agencies??
 
"State sponsored" does it include the US government?
 
not sure if the US govt can still be considered a state since it's actually being run by bankers & financial groups
 
+Kartik Negi i think OGA's is the current in vogue term - though realy this is bad politics (with a small p) as it leaves Google open to charges of playing favorites might have been best to remove the state sponsored part.

+Matt Cutts how much are you paying your political advisors and are you listening to them - some how i doubt it.
 
I very much like Google's recent forays into warning users against their own governments.

Now if only we could see who removed some of our search results, that would be great. I would like to be warned against corporations too.
 
Just out of curiosity, does Google refer to only to the United States in these state-sponsored attacks, or all nation-states that have been known to engage in such terrorist activities? And are these warnings given out globally or just in North America?

Either way, good on them for protecting the interests of the user!
 
Indeedy, not an every day thing.......
 
"Google has detected and disrupted a massive phishing operation.
The campaign affected the personal Gmail accounts of hundreds of users including, among others, senior U.S. government officials, Chinese political activists, officials in several Asian countries (predominantly South Korea), military personnel and journalists."
http://www.tgdaily.com/security-features/56333-google-disrupts-massive-phishing-campaign

It's stuff like this that makes me love Google.  Other companies might have said nothing, because it's easier.
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