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Google Warning Gmail users on China Spying Attempts

     
1:32 pm on Sep 26, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Google is using automated warnings to alert users of its GMAIL messaging service about wide spread attempts to access personal mail accounts from Internet addresses in China. The warnings may indicate wholesale spying by the Chinese government a year after the Google Aurora attacks or simply random attacks. Victims include one leading privacy activist.

Warnings appeared when users logged onto Gmail, encountering a red banner reading "Your account was recently accessed from China," and providing a list of IP addresses used to access the account. Users were then encouraged to change their password immediately. Based on Twitter posts, there doesn't seem to be any pattern to the accounts that were accessed, though one target is a prominent privacy rights activist in the UK who has spoken out against the Chinese government's censorship of its citizens.
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Under "account activity" -> "details" there is an option to "Show an alert for unusual activity".

I guess not only from China but anything that does not fit normal activity patterns of the account.

And not only Google does this. I got my eBay account blocked because once I forgot to turn on the VPN before signing in. Will have to call them to re-activate it.
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shouldn't be to hard as they already have done it and know exactly how googs gmail works.
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Or could be harder because goog already patched the security hole. :)
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Time to short GOOG and buy BIDU again.
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