Google Has Fended Off 11,000 Government Sponsored Cyber Attacks Per Quarter This Year

A lot of the cyber security risks that exist in the world at this current point in time have to do with the fact that there are a lot of corrupt or aggressive governments out there and these state institutions usually want to try and illicitly access data so that they can somehow harm whistleblowers, journalists or other people that are trying to expose them in some way, shape or form. Google has often tried to draw attention to these sorts of things, and much like other major tech corporations Google has attempted to make it so that it can protect at risk users from such state sponsored cyber attacks.

It turns out that Google has had to block over 33,000 potentially state sponsored cyber attacks since the start of the year, with the average being a pretty consistent 11,000 attacks per quarter so far. Google also sends out notifications to users that alerts them about the fact that some entity that was potentially government sponsored was trying to hack into their account in some way, shape or form and that they might need to think about ways in which they can further secure their account.

According to Google, only about 0.1% of users end up having to receive a notification like this. While this is a small percentage it is still a huge number when you consider how many people use these services on a regular basis. As a result of the fact that this is the case, Google has started encouraging users that get these notifications to register in the Advanced Protection Program that the company has started offering. This program is meant for journalists, politicians, activists and other people who are at a higher than average risk of suffering from some form of cyberattack all in all.

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