Chinese hackers break into hundreds of Gmail Accounts

In a phishing attack, hackers based in China broke into hundreds of Gmail accounts, including those belonging to senior US government officials and military personnel, Internet serach giant Google has said.

“Through the strength of our cloud-based security and abuse detection systems, we recently uncovered a campaign to collect user passwords, likely through phishing,” Google said in a posting yesterday.

The Internet giant said it has uncovered a “phishing campaign,” which “appears to originate from Jinan, China” in which access was gained to Gmail user passwords and emails, Google Security Team’s Engineering Director Eric Grosse said in a blog post.

The “bad actors” hacked into personal Gmail accounts of hundreds of users including, senior US government officials, Chinese political activists, officials in several Asian countries (predominantly South Korea), military personnel and journalists, Grosse added.

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