Curiously, one of the leading sponsors of government tracking and data aggregation, info mining behemoth Google, will now be warning us if it suspects that your account is being hacked or monitored by a third-party such as a state intelligence agency:
…Google will warn you every time it picks up activity on your computer account that looks suspiciously like someone trying to monitor your computer activities. Google won’t say how it figured out that state-sponsored attackers may be attempting to compromise your account or computer. But it’s promised to let you know if it thinks Big Brother is tuned in to what you’re doing.
As recently reported on the New York Times’ blog, the warning will pop up at the top of your Gmail inbox, Google home page, or Chrome browser, stating:
“Warning: We believe state-sponsored attackers may be attempting to compromise your account or computer.”
According to a Google blog post by Eric Grosse, VP of Security Engineering at Google:
“If you see this warning it does not necessarily mean that your account has been hijacked. It just means that we believe you may be a target, of phishing or malware for example, and that you should take immediate steps to secure your account.
Here are some things you should do immediately: create a unique password that has a good mix of capital and lowercase letters, as well punctuation marks and numbers; enable 2-step verification as additional security; and update your browser, operating system, plugins, and document editors.
Attackers often send links to fake sign-in pages to try to steal your password, so be careful about where you sign in to Google and look for https://accounts.google.com/ in your browser bar. These warnings are not being shown because Google’s internal systems have been compromised or because of a particular attack.”
If Google really wants to alert users about Big Brother’s data mining and tracking capabilities it should simply add a warning to every single google search query and account access attempt, as it is now clear that the US government is Pulling Together All the Data About Virtually Every U.S. Citizen in the Country, including ALL internet activity (especially what you do on Google services), and is unequivocally the global leader in state sponsored monitoring of emails, social networks, web site visits, forum comments and live chat communications.