If you receive this terrifying Google alert, you are not alone

Posted on Nov 23 2016 - 6:50pm by Huzoor Bux

People are tweeting out a concerning Google email alert they received, which notes state-sponsored hackers are trying to break into their account. 

The alert reads: “Government-backed attackers may be trying to steal your password.” Following the highly publicized suspicions that Russian hackers are lurking in our midst, the alerts become a little more alarming. 

These warnings are not new, though. Google has been advising users of government-backed attacks since 2012. In March, the company launched a full page warning, as shown in the tweets below. It does not indicate which country is behind the attempted hack. 

If you are being targeted by one of these sophisticated hackers, consider yourself special. Google notes these attacks only focus on a mere 0.1% of users who are normally activists, journalists and policy-makers. 

So stay strong, know you are not alone and then change all your passwords. Quickly. 

Still terrified? Here’s some extra reading on how to deal with serious hackers. 

Google has been contacted for comment.

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