As much as security improves on the technological front, the fact of the matter is that hacks still happen and in some cases, some of the cybersecurity attacks actually come from hackers that are backed by their respective governments. For those who use Google’s G Suite of productivity apps and services, not to worry as Google has your back.


In a new feature added to G Suite, Google will now alert admins whenever a government-based attack attempt has been detected. The alert will be sent to admins to let them know that the attackers “likely attempted to access a user’s account or computer through phishing, malware, or another method.”

“However, we believe we detected activities that government-backed attackers use to try to steal a password or other personal information. Such activity includes the user receiving an email containing a harmful attachment, links to malicious software downloads, or links to fake websites that are designed to access passwords.”

That being said, Google notes that receiving an alert does not mean that the account has been compromised, but it could be worth taking note of in case admins want to refresh their security options and change their passwords. For those who feel like these alerts aren’t good enough, there are other options to consider such as hardware security keys which Google themselves will start selling following reports that Google’s 89,000+ employees were safe from phishing attempts ever since Google implemented the security feature at their own offices.

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