Doug Bedell — November 13, 2017, 11:35 am

A Google Advisory on Internet Account ‘Hi-Jacking’


Allow us to introduce you (perhaps) to the Google Security Blog. It discusses such matters as the ‘hijacking’ of web content, including email and social networking accounts.

“More than 15% of Internet users have reported experiencing the takeover of an email or social networking account,” advises this Google post. “However, despite its familiarity, there is a dearth of research about the root causes of hijacking.

“With Google accounts as a case-study, we teamed up with the University of California, Berkeley to better understand how hijackers attempt to take over accounts in the wild. From March 2016 to March 2017, we analyzed several black markets to see how hijackers steal passwords and other sensitive data. We’ve highlighted some important findings from our investigation below. We presented our study at the Conference on Computer and Communications Security (CCS) and it’s now available here.”

Definitely worth spending some time with.

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