Google said Tuesday that the company will alert its users when it thinks they may be the target of a state-sponsored cyberattack.
In a company blog post Tuesday, Eric Grosse, Google’s vice president of security engineering, said Google will display a warning when it detects a suspected attack on a user’s account. Such attacks, the company said, could take the form of malicious software or of deceptive “phishing” e-mails that trick users into giving up their user names and passwords.
The message will read, “Warning: we believe state-sponsored attackers may be attempting to compromise your account or computer. Protect yourself now."
Security experts see Google’s move as a smart, natural step for e-mail and Internet service providers.
“It’s the new reality of operating these cloud-based e-mail services when you have millions of customers,” said Matt Devost, president of Fusion X, a cybersecurity firm. Google already does a good job of filtering out spam or junk e-mail, he said. “Why wouldn’t they apply that expertise to filtering out malware?”