Google is giving away 10,000 security keys

Google provides free physical USB security keys for 10,000 users with high risk of hacking – like politicians and human rights activists.

USB keys allow double authentication that is, an additional level of security in addition to the password. Google says he wants to encourage people to join his “advanced protection program” for high-profile users.

The company has sent thousands of alerts to customers Gmail-a who were targeted by hackers. Warnings are issued after Google in late September, it discovered a group targeting about 14,000 users Gmail-ain different industries“, He said Shane Huntley, director Google-threat analysis groups.

Hacker attack

Huntley said that these events originated from APT28 – hacker groups linked to Russia and that the attempted identity theft, which this group designed via email to look legitimate to trick people into revealing their passwords.

“We sent warnings to the people who were the target of the attackers,” he wrote Huntley, adding that emails were successfully blocked.

Huntley he said the warnings should come as no surprise “if you are an activist, journalist, government official or work in national security”. But he emphasized that getting a warning does not mean that you have been hacked. Image

Shortly after the news of the warnings, the company announced efforts to increase the security of the accounts of high-risk users who could be the target of hackers. Google has announced that it will send free to the addresses of 10,000 users “Titansecurity keys. They are usually available for purchase at a price of 41 dollars. The company also said to partner with a number of organizations to assist in the distribution of keys.

Plans for “automatic inclusion of an additional 150 million users Google-a“Into a dual authentication system.

To create a password, a combination system is recommended – “something you know“(Like a password) and”something you have“(Like a phone or security key) to prevent an attacker who has or assumes your password from gaining access to your account.

In May, the company announced that it would start automatically enrolling users in a more secure process.

Source: BBC

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