Google Discloses China-Based “Hijacking” of Gmail Accounts

Google Inc. said hundreds of users of its email service were tricked into sharing their passwords with “bad actors” based in China, potentially further complicating relations between the Internet giant and the country with the highest number of Internet users.

Google, which has blamed China for a previous attack on the company’s computer networks, said its security and abuse detection systems recently discovered that users of its popular Gmail service had fallen for what are called “phishing scams.” Such exploits trick users into sharing their passwords, and that the campaign “appears to originate from Jinan, China” and targeted specific individuals.

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