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Is this a dedication to the US President Obama? A day after he released his cyber attack warning, the Chinese hackers started their hacking spree of Gmail accounts.

Google has revealed that hundreds of Gmail users, including senior U.S. government officials, have been targeted by hackers in China.

Cyber attackers have used a massive phishing scheme to break into accounts and have been able to monitor victims’ emails and alter forwarding settings.

The accounts were hijacked using stolen passwords that were obtained using malware on victims’ computers and by victims responding to emails from hackers.

The security breach was revealed as the Pentagon warned that the U.S. may retaliate with military force against countries that sabotage its computers.

Google said that the latest attack was believed to have been executed from Jinan, China.

The company said that it had notified victims including U.S. government personnel, South Korean government officials and federal workers in several other Asian countries.

The cyber attack is believed to be larger than a security breach one year ago when the Gmail accounts of Chinese human rights activists were broken into, but Google itself was not hacked.

That attack eventually led to Google ending its agreement with the Chinese government to censor search results and the company moved its servers out of the country.

The company urged users to ‘please spend ten minutes today taking steps to improve your online security so that you can experience all that the Internet offers - while also protecting your data.’

Google said that it had successfully disrupted the hackers’ latest campaign.

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These guys seems to be challenging the statement of Pres. Obama and the patience of Pentagon.

The hacking of GMail accounts of some military officers and key government figures is not only happening in US. This is also happening in countries allied to US. Would Google also take the same step if the situation is brought to their doorstep?

Again, awareness and vigilance is the key in this situation.

Editor's Note: Portion of this article is from: Mail Online



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