Find the latest episode of "This Is Uncomfortable" here. Listen

Google warning users of “state-sponsored” hacks

John Moe Jun 6, 2012

It’s kind of all there in the headline but here we go. The search giant has begun issuing warnings to registered users when their accounts show evidence of being tampered with by a government body. Such users will get a message that says, “Warning: We believe state-sponsored attackers may be attempting to compromise your account or computer.” Users in China have been receiving this message already, after being interfered with by the government there, which heavily censors the web.

CNN talked to a former journalist who is part of a Google group:

“So far about 10 of us have received the same message, some in Chinese, some in English,” she said. The group has about 200 members, she said.
“Some people are not even that surprised because they have suspicious followers on Twitter or Google,” she said.

The warnings are similar to ones Google has been sending out for a while when there’s evidence of someone trying to hack into accounts.

Marketplace is on a mission.

We believe Main Street matters as much as Wall Street, economic news is made relevant and real through human stories, and a touch of humor helps enliven topics you might typically find…well, dull.

Through the signature style that only Marketplace can deliver, we’re on a mission to raise the economic intelligence of the country—but we don’t do it alone. We count on listeners and readers like you to keep this public service free and accessible to all. Will you become a partner in our mission today?

Your donation is critical to the future of public service journalism. Support our work today – for as little as $5 – and help us keep making people smarter.