Google Implements Warning for State-Sponsored Breaches

(Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) – In the wake of last week’s report by Kaspersky Lab revealing a state-sponsored virus known as ‘Flame’, a number of companies have reacted by beefing up online security. While a new Google blog post doesn’t specifically cite the ‘Flame’ virus as a reason, the tech provider has worked to implement a new warning system for Google user 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,” commented Google VP Security of Engineering Eric Grosse.

“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,” Grosse continued.

The warning itself reads “We believe state-sponsored attackers may be attempting to compromise your account or computer” and features an option for users to help protect themselves better.

Seeing a warning regarding a possible virus attack that is state-sponsored could throw any online user into a frenzy. That being said, Google emphasized that it didn’t always mean your account had been compromised. It simply means you were a possible target. So what are some steps to better protect yourself? The top tech company recommends stronger passwords. Earlier this week, software company Microsoft worked to revoke Windows certificates compromised in attacks like ‘Flame’.