10K free Google security keys to 'high risk' users
San Francisco: GOOGLE will provide 10,000 "high-risk" users with free hardware security keys, after the tech giant warned more than 14,000 Gmail users that they may have been targeted in a State-sponsored phishing campaign.
In a Twitter thread, Shane Huntley who is director of Google's Threat Analysis Group (TAG), said that the group has sent a batch of government-backed security warnings.
"These warnings indicate targeting not compromise. If we are warning you there's a very high chance we blocked. The increased numbers this month come from a small number of widely targeted campaigns which were blocked," he tweeted.
The state-sponsored phishing campaign is the handiwork of Russian group APT28 (or Fancy Bear), said to be made up of operatives of Russia's GRU intelligence agency. In a blog post, Google said on Friday that as part of its work to keep its users safer and increase awareness of APP (Advanced Protection Programme), "we partnered with organisations across the globe to provide free security keys to over 10,000 high risk users throughout 2021". "Users who enroll in APP are protected against a wide variety of online threats, including sophisticated phishing attacks (through the use of security keys), malware and other malicious downloads on Chrome and Android, and unauthorised access to their personal account data (such as Gmail, Drive or Photos)," Google added.