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Cyber attack pointed Google Password System
Category : General 21 Apr 2010 09:30 AM | Industry News
The Mountain View, California-based company said the attack appeared to target Chinese human rights activists, and that only two Gmail accounts appeared to have been accessed.
The software called Gaia was intended to enable users and employees to sign in with their password just once to operate a range of services, 'The New York Times' reported, citing a source close to the investigation being conducted by Google. The intruders, who attacked Google in December last year, "do not appear to have stolen passwords of G-mail users, and the company quickly started making significant changes to the security of its networks after the intrusions," it said.
However, Gmail users' passwords do not appear to have been stolen, and the company quickly initiated security changes to its networks, the source added. The new details seem likely to increase the debate about the security and privacy of vast computing systems such as Google's, which store personal information of millions of individuals and businesses.
The theft began with an instant message sent to a Google employee in China who was using Microsoft’s Messenger programme, according to the person with knowledge of the internal inquiry, who spoke on the condition that he not be identified.
Google said it would move its mainland Chinese-language Web site and begin rerouting search queries to its Hong Kong-based site.
Google continues to use the Gaia system, now known as Single Sign-On. Hours after announcing the intrusions, Google said it would activate a new layer of encryption for Gmail service. The company also tightened the security of its data centers and further secured the communications links between its services and the computers of its users.