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Google Sent 50,000 Warnings Of Govt Backed Attacks In 2021

The company said it tracks more than 270 targeted or government-backed attacker groups from more than 50 countries on "any given day."

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Google’s Threat Analysis Group (TAG) has revealed that 50,000 warnings have been issued to users regarding government-sponsored hacking in year 2021. In a blog post, company said that incidents of spying of accounts have increased by 33 percent compared to last year.

Getting a warning doesn't mean your Google Account has been hacked—Google manages to block some attacks—but that the company has identified you as a target. To save users from phishing and malware attempts, the company sent alerts to the users.

“We intentionally send these warnings in batches to all users who may be at risk, rather than at the moment we detect the threat itself, so that attackers cannot track our defense strategies,” Google said. “On any given day, TAG is tracking more than 270 targeted or government-backed attacker groups from more than 50 countries. This means that there is typically more than one threat actor behind the warnings.”

Notably, TAG highlighted a APT35, a Iranian cyber attacker, that has hijacked accounts, deployed malware, and spied on user using novel techniques in recent years.

The APT35 Group has been spying on matters related to government, education, journalism, NGOs, foreign policy and national security since 2017. In May last year, Google tracked down and found that the APT35 group had uploaded spyware to the Google Play Store. It could steal sensitive information of users such as call logs, text messages, contacts and location data from devices. In such a situation, Google had advised not to download this app.