Google, Spies, Governments And Passwords.
Google is in the news in more than one way.
Firstly, for releasing information on the type of requests that it receives from governments around the world on Google’s users.
There is a Google page which breaks it down to country by country requests.
Here’s the FAQ.
Next, more details behind the hacking attack on Google have been released:
“It was previously believed that the hackers took individual log-in details but, if the report is true, the breach was considerably more severe.
Google is notoriously secretive about Gaia and rarely discusses it in public, which may provide a clue as to why the company has been so tight-lipped about the incident.
The insider also told The New York Times about the methods used to gain access to Google’s systems.
“The theft began with an instant message sent to a Google employee in China who was using Microsoft’s Messenger program,” he is quoted as saying.
“By clicking on a link and connecting to a ‘poisoned’ web site, the employee inadvertently permitted the intruders to gain access to his (or her) personal computer, and then to the computers of a critical group of software developers at Google’s headquarters.
“Ultimately, the intruders were able to gain control of a software repository used by the development team.”
The hackers then transferred the stolen code to computers operated by web hosting firm Rackspace, from where they were sent to an unknown destination.”
Finally, fake Google extensions are doing the rounds, bringing in Trojans and other Malware, be careful.