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What to do if Google warns of state-sponsored attack

Danny O'Brien/CPJ Internet Advocacy Coordinator

Some journalists continue to receive the warning from Google
about state-sponsored attacks that we
http://www.cpj.org/internet/2012/06/state-sponsored-attacks-open-season-on-online-jour.php

mentioned
last week . The message appears on top of logged-in services like Gmail.
Occasionally it will disappear for a few hours and then reappear, but there is
no way to remove it.

The warning can be disturbing, especially as the company
does not provide much information, such as why it suspects such an origin for a
hacking attack. Instead, it gives a link to its
http://support.google.com/mail/bin/answer.py?hl=en&ctx=mail&answer=2591015

support
pages

explaining some general ways to increase the security of your Google
account.

Faced with the news that an entire nation-state is
apparently intent on hacking your computer, taking care to not open strange
email attachments and watching a video about strong passwords may hardly seem
sufficient.

http://cpj.org/internet/2012/06/what-to-do-if-google-warns-of-state-sponsored-atta.php

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What to do if Google warns of state-sponsored attack
Danny O'Brien/CPJ Internet Advocacy Coordinator

Some journalists continue to receive the warning from Google
about state-sponsored attacks that we mentioned
last week . The message appears on top of logged-in services like Gmail.
Occasionally it will disappear for a few hours and then reappear, but there is
no way to remove it.

The warning can be disturbing, especially as the company
does not provide much information, such as why it suspects such an origin for a
hacking attack. Instead, it gives a link to its support
pages explaining some general ways to increase the security of your Google
account.

Faced with the news that an entire nation-state is
apparently intent on hacking your computer, taking care to not open strange
email attachments and watching a video about strong passwords may hardly seem
sufficient.

Continue reading >>

###
CPJ is a New York-based, independent, nonprofit organization that works to safeguard press freedom worldwide.

Contact: Bob Dietz Asia Program Coordinator Tel. +1.212.465.1004 ext. 140 or +1.609.647.3075 Email: [email protected] facebook.com/cpjasia ,

@cpjasia Madeline Earp Senior Asia Program Researcher Tel. +1.212.465.1004 ext. 115 Email: [email protected]

   

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