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How hackers break into Gmail accounts: Google tells all
In a tell all revelation, Google has revealed how hackers break into people’s Gmail accounts. Based on its research, conducted in the space of 12 months, it found 788,000 login credentials stolen via keyloggers - tools that secretly record every key a user presses, 12 million stolen via phishing - a method of tricking a user into giving up their personal information, and 3.3 billion exposed by third-party data breaches. Google has said that phishing attacks pose the “greatest threat” to users of its services. The search engine giant added that it studied the ways in which hackers steal people’s passwords and break into their accounts. It also noted that 12-25 percent of phishing and keylogger attacks against Google accounts result in a valid password being exposed. However, attackers don’t stop at that - Google claims hackers use tools that also attempt to work out targets’ phone numbers, IP addresses, device types and locations, in case a password isn’t enough to successfully hijack an account. Google said, “By ranking the relative risk to users, we found that phishing posed the greatest threat, followed by keyloggers, and finally third-party breaches. What we learned from the research proved to be immediately useful. We applied its insights to our existing protections and secured 67 million...Read more
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