Google has unveiled a new warning system that can alert users if their account is compromised by a state-sponsored attack.
Once warned, users will have the ability to lock down their account and prevent any further access by their attacker. The new warning comes following the data breaches of US officials’ Gmail accounts last year.
Google is constantly on the lookout for malicious activity in their systems, in particular attempts by third parties to log into users’ accounts unauthorised,” said Google vice president of security engineering Eric Grosse.
It is reported that when Google’s IT security have specific intelligence, it is either directly from users or from their own monitoring efforts they show clear warning signs and put in place extra roadblocks to combat the hackers.
When an attack is identified users will be warned with a red banner above the Google search bar that reads: “Warning: we believe state-sponsored attackers may be attempting to compromise your account or computer.”
Once the warning is received users will have the opportunity to lock down their account and prevent remote access.