Was Google hacked yesterday? If yes, here’s what you need to know. First of all, if Google was hacked yesterday, who was the hacker? Rituraj Chaudhary, a student from Begusarai, Bihar, reportedly hacked the search engine for 51 seconds and then got a job offer worth three crore rupees. Apparently, the hacker reported just one bug to Google.
Glupteba, a botnet, has been tracking Google users for years and is causing all sorts of trouble. It works by tricking users into downloading malware, masquerading as a legitimate piece of software. Once installed, it spreads to other devices connected to the infected computer. As a result, Google’s users’ accounts and documents have been taken offline. As a result, they’ve had to remove several dozens of programs from their PCs.
Thankfully, the hacking incident has been limited to Google, as the company has issued a statement. It believes that the leaked login data came from an infected computer. Google also claims that the leaked information is from older lists, with many passwords older than three years. That’s a good thing to know if you are unsure whether your account has been compromised or not. This way, you’ll be able to prevent the hacker from stealing your personal information.
As of this writing, there are still some vulnerabilities in Google Chrome that have been identified. Hackers have exploited at least thirty security flaws in Chrome, seven of which are considered “high risk.” Google has promised to fix the bugs in the upcoming days, but hasn’t divulged the details of the hack. However, they’re not disclosing any details until the majority of users have downloaded the update. Fortunately, Google has a solution.
The company behind the hacking incident has been identified as RCS Lab. RCS Lab develops “lawful interception” technologies and tracking systems, and claims to handle over 10,000 intercepted targets per day across Europe. The research shows RCS Lab was a collaborator with the defunct Italian spy firm Hacking Team. Both companies designed surveillance software for foreign governments and went bust in 2015 after a major hack. This latest development means that a global industry of spyware companies has been created to aid governmental surveillance.