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Google: Government-Backed Hackers Targeted 12,000 Users

November 29, 2019 / Akshaya Asokan

Google has directly warned more than 12,000 users across 149 countries that they have been targeted by government-backed hackers. Google says the attack attempts occurred in the third quarter of this year. Shane Huntley, director of Google's Threat Analysis Group, says in a blog post that the warnings were sent out from July to September to users of various Google services, including Gmail, Drive and YouTube. As part of its attempt to block government-backed groups from hacking its users, Google says that its Threat Analysis Group has been tracking more than 270 threat actors, from more than 50 countries. The technology giant says it regularly warns targeted users about state-sponsored phishing attempts.