Google has warned 14,000 Gmail users that they are being targeted by Russian hackers

Google has sent messages to the email addresses of more than 14,000 Gmail users, informing them that they were the target of an attack organized by a state-sponsored hacker group.

“It simply came to our notice then phishing APT28’s campaign targeting a large number of Gmail users (around 14,000) in various industries, “he said. Šejn Hantli, director of the Google Threat Analysis Group, when asked about the number of users who posted a message they received from Google on social media. He said that 86% of the warnings that Google sent to users this month were related to this campaign.

Speaking about it on Twitter, Huntley explained that these warnings indicate attempts rather than account hacking. “If we warn you, there’s a good chance we’ve blocked,” Huntley said. Google sends this type of alert to multiple users at the same time, not when an attack is detected so that attackers do not understand Google’s defense strategy.

Huntley said that they blocked all e-mails sent by the APT28 group. APT28, better known as Fancy Bear, is a hacker group linked to Russia’s military intelligence service, specifically the 85th Central Special Affairs Center of the General Intelligence Directorate of the General Staff of Russia (GTsSS), also known as “Military Unit 26165”.

APT28 has been one of the most active hacker groups in the past decade. The group often used spear phishing emails in its campaigns in an attempt to deceive the people who were the targets of the attack.

“If you have received a warning or are a high-risk user, journalist, politician, celebrity or director, we recommend that you sign up for Advanced protection program for business and personal email, ”said Huntley.

Alerts of this type are not unknown to Gmail users. Google has been sending warnings like this since 2012, and they only apply to attacks backed by states.

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