Gmail accounts (not) hacked

UPDATE: “Google was not hacked, a company spokesman tells Fast Company. Some users wereduped into supplying passwords to fraudulent emails masquerading as trustworthy sources (known as phishing)–a very common occurrence.” More…

If stick a gun in the tellers face and make off with the money, the bank got robbed. If I call you on the phone and trick you into giving me your ATM pin number, the bank did NOT get robbed.

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From the Post Tech blog: “Google said Wednesday a hacker in China obtained access to hundreds of Gmail accounts, including those of senior U.S. government officials, military personnel, Chinese political activists and journalists.

The company said it recently detected the security breach and stopped what it described as “a campaign to take users’ passwords and monitor their emails, with the perpetrators apparently using stolen passwords to change peoples’ forwarding and delegating settings.”

Gmail is all I use. But any site can be hacked. So when Google offered the 2-step verification option, I immediately signed up.

So if they have my password, they also need my iPhone. Bullet-proof? Probably not.

2 thoughts on “Gmail accounts (not) hacked

  1. 2 step verification for Gmail is a great addition by Google; pity it is not available in from a number countries.

  2. the problem is you can’t fix stupid. Users had to provide these hackers their login information thinking it was a legit Google page.

    As long as there are people who don’t take the time to look at the address bar and make sure they are at Google and run like hell when they can’t be for sure there will be these kind of attacks.

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