Google Finds Phishing As The Root Cause Of Account Hijacks

Posted: Nov 13 2017, 5:08am CST | by , in News | Technology News

Google Finds Phishing as the Root Cause of Account Hijacks
  • Google Identifies Major Online Security Concerns for Account Users Following Major Research

Google partners with University of California to conduct research to identify the online security threats to account users

Google has become a global platform for online users. People use their Google accounts as the base for all major social media and online accounts. Hence, Google accounts become the target of major hacking attacks.

They can be the access to a person’s online information including usernames, passwords and relevant personal and financial information. Google has faced issues for third party hacking and several security issues reported by users and they have strived hard to make their users experience better.

In a similar effort, Google partnered with University of California, Berkeley to investigate the internet black market from March 2016 to March 2017.

Both the institutions have recently published their findings and they presented their study results at the Conference on Computer and Communications Security (CCS).

The findings of the study revealed the methods used for hijacking Google user accounts. Third party breaches accounted for 3.3 billion stolen credentials, phishing accounted for 12 million stolen credentials and keyloggers accounted for 788,000 stolen credentials.

The study also tracked the several tools, about 25,000 tools, that were used for phishing and keylogging. The study results indicated that 12 percent of the accounts were accessed with their Gmail address serving as a username and a password.

Out of those, 7 percent became valid on reuse. 12-25% attacks were made effective with phishing and keylogging.

With majority of the sites requiring more than the password, it was also found out that 82% of blackhat phishing tools and 74% of keyloggers were used to collect user’s IP address and location, while 18% of tools collected phone numbers and device make and model. Among all other statistics, phishing was indicated as the most threatening tool for hijacking accounts.

Google has posted a special blog post to reveal the findings of the study to Google users. They have announced that they want to make all online accounts services and users to have access to the findings. They said that they want to make these findings accessible, so everyone can benefit from them and make their online security better.

Google claims that these findings helped them secure 67 million Google accounts from being abused. They have also encouraged other online sites and companies to secure their users’ accounts from attack by working against the identified factors.

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