In 2021, Google Issued Over 50,000 Warnings About State-sponsored Hacking Attacks.

In a blog post published yesterday, Google said that in 2021, it sent approximately 50.000 alerts to users whose accounts had been compromised by government-backed hacker gangs conducting phishing and malware campaigns.

The same post showed that it was a considerable increase in the number of warnings compared to the previous year.

Google Security Engineer Ajax Bash wrote:

So far in 2021, we’ve sent over 50,000 warnings, a nearly 33% increase from this time in 2020.

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.


An alert does not necessarily imply that your Google account has been compromised. Some attacks, such as phishing attempts, brute-force attacks, and malware delivery efforts, are successfully stopped by Google. The company sends the alerts when it has identified you as a target.

The security engineer stated that the company deliberately sends the warnings in batches to all users who may be targeted, rather than at the moment they notice the threat itself to prevent cybercriminals from tracking their defense strategies.

Google started to send alerts to its users

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