Google has said it will provide 10,000 “high-risk” users with free hardware security keys, days after the company warned thousands of Gmail users that they were targeted by state-sponsored hackers.
The warning, sent by Google’s Threat Analysis Group (TAG), alerted more than 14,000 Gmail users that they had been targeted in a state-sponsored phishing campaign from APT28, also known as Fancy Bear, said to be made up of operatives of Russia’s GRU intelligence agency. Fancy Bear has been active for more than a decade but it’s widely known for hacking into the Democratic National Committee and its disinformation and election influencing campaign in the run-up to the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
“These warnings indicate targeting not compromise. If we are warning you there’s a very high chance we blocked,” Google’s TAG director Shane Huntley wrote in a Twitter thread on Thursday. “The increased numbers this month come from a small number of widely targeted campaigns which were blocked.”