The alert you’ll get if Google thinks you are a target of government spying. (Image from Google Support page)
This week, Google added a feature to alert users who may be targets of what it calls “state-sponsored attackers”. Google won’t say how it knows a government may be spying on you, but Kim Zetter has an idea what Google is done. She covers privacy and security issues for WIRED magazine.
“They’re monitoring what is normal activity on an account, and so if they see, for example, that access to an account is coming from IP addresses that aren’t your normal addresses, that’s one hint that someone may have gotten into your account,” Zetter explains. “But another way that they would be determining this is if there are known phishing attacks against users, they would see that.”