Russian hackers targeted approximately 14,000 Gmail users last month, according to the company Threat Analysis Group. While 100 percent of the emails were blocked by spam, google TAG director Shane Huntley characterized the batch as “above average” on Twitter.
The campaign from the group known at APT28 made up 86 percent of Google’s recent alerts to users about government-backed attackers, Huntley shared in an email. Google batches these kinds of alerts to users rather than during the moment of detection to help keep attackers from figuring out their defense strategies, he explained.
Several Gmail users reported on Twitter receiving the alert, including several researchers and journalists. Huntley said the campaign was targeted “across a wide variety of industries.”
In May Russian hackers breached Microsoft customer support to launch