Gmail Accounts Hacked

So it seems like hackers have been gaining loads of attention in the last couple of months, with Sony’s PSN and Pictures Network hacked in recent times and now hundreds of Gmail accounts were hacked. Some Gmail accounts were hacked in the U.S. and in Asia earlier this week. They were accounts of top military officials, activists and journalists in those two countries. Google spilled the details to the public via their official blog saying:

“Through the strength of our cloud-based security and abuse detection systems*, we recently uncovered a campaign to collect user passwords, likely through phishing. This campaign, which appears to originate from Jinan, China, affected what seem to be the personal Gmail accounts of hundreds of users including, among others, senior U.S. government officials, Chinese political activists, officials in several Asian countries (predominantly South Korea), military personnel and journalists.
The goal of this effort seems to have been to monitor the contents of these users’ emails, with the perpetrators apparently using stolen passwords to change peoples’ forwarding and delegation settings.”

This may cause a problem for Google’s new ChromeBook release to be launching June 15th. The ChromeBooks are aimed at being completely cloud-based and this is the concept surrounding Gmail as well. Hopefully Gmail is able to resolve all the issues before the launch of the ChromeBook so as to clear all possible doubt as to the reliability of the ChromeBooks.

What do you think? Are we beginning to depend too much on the cloud in recent times? Is it safe to depend on the cloud? Should tougher security measures be employed? Tell us what you think!

Paul Ogunlowo

Paul Ogunlowo is a technology enthusiast. He loves testing, playing with and owning any and every gadget on the market. He is a Junior student studying Information Technology at Hofstra University in New York. In his spare time he develops websites.

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