Prominent journalists and professors have be the targets of nation-sponsored hacking attempts, prompting Google to issue certain users warnings with the following headline: “Government-backed attackers may be trying to steal your password”
If you received this warning, Google says “we believe that government-backed attackers may have tried to compromise your account or computer within approximately the last month.” Those have been have been targets include Paul Krugman, a Nobel Prize-winning economist and New York Times columnist; New York Magazine reporter Jonathan Chai; and Jon Lovett, a writer for The Atlantic.
Some of them took to social media to express their concern.
And here we are. pic.twitter.com/Vv4cjLI5gJ
— Julia Ioffe (@juliaioffe) November 23, 2016
“We regularly receive reports from users as well as from our own signaling systems that monitor for suspicious login attempts and other activity,” says Google. “To protect users going forward, we can’t share details about precisely when or how we detected specific attacks. Google’s internal systems have not been compromised.”
The attacks could be tied to a phishing campaign tied to Russian government hackers, suggests Ars Technica.