Google Gives Security Keys to Targeted Users

In early September, Google warned numerous Gmail users about a potential threat. Now, the company has come up with a solution.

High-Risk Users

At the end of September, Google detected a hacker attack. It had targeted roughly 14,000 Gmail users, across different industries. The list includes journalists, activists, politicians, government officials, etc.

Google’s Threat Analysis Group director, Shane Huntley explained that a Russia-linked hacking group APT28 created a phishing email campaign. The goal was to get users’ passwords.

The attempt was unsuccessful, but Gmail warned those with targeted accounts. Huntley insisted that there is no actual breach.

Advanced Protection Program

As a result, Google will be giving USB security keys to the users in its high-risk list. They will provide two-factor authentication, as an additional layer of security.

The tech giant aims to get people to join its Advanced Protection Program. While every user can join, the program mainly operates for accounts that are at risk of being targeted.

The APP offers protection from various threats. In addition to phishing, it deals with malware, unauthorized access, identity theft, etc.

To maximize its efforts, Google has partnered with organizations worldwide, which will help it provide the security keys by the end of the year.

All users are advised to invest in a reliable antivirus solution.


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