STATE BACKED HACKING – GOOGLE DISCLOSURE

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STATE BACKED HACKING – GOOGLE DISCLOSURE

Hacking is here to stay and it would keep readapting itself depending on the situation and context and / or where the funding came from. Close to the heels of ransomware attack reaching 80% of the total this year, the disturbing trend Google sees is an increase in the state-backed hacking and phishing due to corona outbreaks. COVID – 19 is providing a direction to hacking, businesses related to education has been one on the targets and on the other end of the spectrum websites and apps named after Corona and COVID-19 have mushroomed like anything, are busy surreptitiously collecting data.

Security experts at Google sent numerous warning to users whose accounts have been the targets of government-backed hackers. The software tool and the correlation behind these findings generally remain out of the public view. Security experts at Google sent 1755 warnings only in the month of April based on the above findings. This has been following the resurgence in hacking and phishing attempts related to the coronavirus outbreak.

”Hack-for-hire” operating out of India have been creating Gmail accounts spoofing the World Health Organisation (WHO). This activity was detected by the Threat Analysis Group of Google as disclosed on Wednesday. The number of attacks have increased on medical and health care professionals. The same is the case of WHO officials. There seems a concerted attempt to lay their hands on some health / financial information they have desperately been looking for. Also more than a 1000 YouTube channels have been removed since March that were behaving a part of larger campaign, in a concerted manner.

The best way to elicit information is now the hacking way and it’s the most authentic too. ”WHO and other organisations, at the center of a global effort to contain the coronavirus, have come under a sustained digital bombardment by hackers seeking information about the outbreak.” There is no search warrant required by them. They are global investigators of the digital age, the whole world dreads of. All stakeholders have become mute spectators while they rule the roost.

HACKING AT WILL IS LIKE THE PRAJA PANCHAYATS OF THE. DIGITAL AGE.

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