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(The New York Times)   Google providing a new greeting to users: "Warning: We believe state-sponsored attackers may be attempting to compromise your account or computer"   (bits.blogs.nytimes.com) divider line 27
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2012-10-03 11:41:59 AM
But I'm just a liter!
 
2012-10-03 11:42:04 AM
The Romney campaign is as honorable as ever, I see...

/DNRTFA
//here, fishy fishy fishy
 
2012-10-03 11:42:29 AM
Yes, but I will vote for Obama no matter what, does not really apply here to fark.
 
2012-10-03 11:54:28 AM
State sponsored? Must be Pennsylvania then. Never trust a state with such farked up alcohol laws.
 
2012-10-03 11:54:50 AM
You mean in addition to the NSA, right? Oh yeah, they don't attack, they just read everything. EVERYTHING!

/shouted in Gary Oldman's "The Professional" voice
 
2012-10-03 11:55:42 AM
This is actually a really good idea. TFA mentions Middle Eastern countries but the proverbial elephant in the room is China
 
2012-10-03 11:59:06 AM
Turn on two-factor authentication. Problem solved, at least as far as Google accounts are concerned.

Naturally, this assumes that your computer isn't already under the control of the bad guys and that you take standard security procedures (keeping your OS and software up to date, use a different strong password at each site/service you're registered for, etc.).
 
2012-10-03 12:13:18 PM
ITT: People think they're talking about the U.S. govt.

/in the event of a derpstorm, please find shelter and remain calm
 
2012-10-03 12:21:31 PM
Without reading TFA, I'm assuming "state-sponsored" = China?
 
2012-10-03 12:32:07 PM

clearlyatroll: ITT: People think they're talking about the U.S. govt.

/in the event of a derpstorm, please find shelter and remain calm


I figure most Farkers are smart enough to understand that the US Gov. doesn't need to "attack" Google for info - they just ask.
 
2012-10-03 12:35:33 PM

clearlyatroll: ITT: People think they're talking about the U.S. govt.

/in the event of a derpstorm, please find shelter and remain calm


ITT: A guy with an ironic name can't recognize the kind of post he's named after
 
2012-10-03 12:39:47 PM

Nick Nostril: Without reading TFA, I'm assuming "state-sponsored" = China?


Nah, APT is the preferred term for China's hacking. "State sponsored" is more likely Middle East.
 
2012-10-03 12:41:33 PM

Priapetic: You mean in addition to the NSA, right? Oh yeah, they don't attack, they just read everything. EVERYTHING!

/shouted in Gary Oldman's "The Professional" voice


Well done, but I like his Jean-Baptiste Emanuel Zorg voice better.
 
2012-10-03 01:11:55 PM
The US government can already read your emails.

This is probably the work of some other state, China, maybe?
 
2012-10-03 01:14:27 PM
This will be a boon to the tinfoil hat industry, buy aluminum now!
 
2012-10-03 01:20:40 PM
Wait, Google users are concerned about someone sifting through their emails?
 
2012-10-03 01:32:34 PM
In June, many Google users were surprised to see an unusual greeting at the top of their Gmail inbox,

That's some timely reporting there, lou.
 
2012-10-03 01:46:22 PM
I'd say that the quick fix would be to stop using free Gmail accounts.
 
2012-10-03 01:51:02 PM

lenfromak: I'd say that the quick fix would be to stop using free Gmail accounts.


Are paid Gmail accounts safer?
 
2012-10-03 02:30:31 PM

Nick Nostril: Without reading TFA, I'm assuming "state-sponsored" = China?


Nope. Iran.

They've also been going hard at major US banks and stock exchanges in recent weeks. The funny thing is, they probably think they can get away with it because we let china slide on a lot of their shiat. They may end up learning a hard lesson.
 
2012-10-03 02:33:00 PM

jigger: Wait, Google users are concerned about someone sifting through their emails?


They are targeting journalists and people involved with US international relations. It isnt random.
 
2012-10-03 03:07:32 PM

Nick Nostril: Without reading TFA, I'm assuming "state-sponsored" = China?


Nope, China has already eaten our lunch and come back for dessert. Intrusions by China are no longer detectable. Go look up "Ghostnet".

This is mostly middle-east, like Iran & others.
 
2012-10-03 03:37:11 PM

Priapetic: You mean in addition to the NSA, right? Oh yeah, they don't attack, they just read everything. EVERYTHING!

/shouted in Gary Oldman's "The Professional" voice


I was just gonna say that the NSA has an office in the Google campus and are deeply embedded there. Glad I'm not the only one that knows
 
2012-10-03 04:39:47 PM
Who still checks their email in a browser? Is this 1999?
 
2012-10-04 05:50:48 AM

Alonjar: jigger:

Wait, Google users are concerned about someone sifting through their emails?

They are targeting journalists and people involved with US international relations. It isnt random.


Oh. Then I'm probably okay: I can't imagine a foreign government taking my anarchist messiahship any more seriously than you Farkers do.

And this two-step password thing is troublesome and, as several Farkers have already noted, will do nothing to protect me from my worst enemy, the Lit-Up Three-Sided Bilderbergermeisters.

Besides which, the contents of my email (as opposed to advertising I keep forgetting to unsubcribe from) is amazingly quotidian, centering mainly around whether the weather's good enough for an extended dog walk, how hungover I am on any given day and which corporate lobbyist I have to blow to get anything greenlit around here. Dry as dust and just as dull.
 
2012-10-04 05:56:21 AM
lenfromak:

I'd say that the quick fix would be to stop using free Gmail accounts.

Wait, people whose email is worth reading use Gmail for it? And they don't use 4096-bit encryption for it?
 
2012-10-04 06:02:51 AM

Fancourt: Nick Nostril:

Without reading TFA, I'm assuming "state-sponsored" = China?

Nope, China has already eaten our lunch and come back for dessert. Intrusions by China are no longer detectable. Go look up "Ghostnet".

This is mostly middle-east, like Iran & others.


From Wikipedia:

GhostNet (simplified Chinese: 幽灵网; traditional Chinese: 幽靈網; pinyin: YōuLíngWǎng) is the name given by researchers at the Information Warfare Monitor to a large-scale cyber spying[1][2] operation discovered in March 2009. The operation is likely associated with an Advanced Persistent Threat. Its command and control infrastructure is based mainly in the People's Republic of China and has infiltrated high-value political, economic and media locations[3] in 103 countries. Computer systems belonging to embassies, foreign ministries and other government offices, and the Dalai Lama's Tibetan exile centers in India, London and New York City were compromised. Although the activity is mostly based in China, there is no conclusive evidence that the Chinese government is involved in its operation.[4] (etc. etc. etc.)

Obviously they'd be very concerned about whether our Pomeranian gets his dainty feet wet.

I'm pretty Chinese spooks are busily ignoring me too.
 
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