Google Issues Customers 50,000+ Warnings of State-Backed Attacks
Google has seen a 33% year-on-year spike in nation state attempts to compromise its customers so far in 2021, the tech giant revealed yesterday.
Security engineer Ajax Bash claimed that in the year-to-date, Google’s Threat Analysis Group (TAG) had sent over 50,000 warnings to customers that their account was the target of government-backed phishing or malware attempts.
The main reason for the increase in attacks was an “unusually large” campaign attributed to the notorious Kremlin-backed actor known as Fancy Bear (APT28).
“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,” Bash explained.
“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.”
The news follows a similar update from Microsoft last week in which the tech giant revealed that Russia accounted for the majority (58%) of alerts it sent customers over the past year. APT29 (Cozy Bear) generated the vast majority (92%) of