Russia hacks Gmail: Kremlin hackers abused Google services to target Putin critics


Russian state-sponsored hackers attacked over 200 Gmail users, including journalists, activists critical of the Kremlin and those connected with the Ukrainian military as part of a massive espionage and disinformation campaign.

Security experts at Citizen Lab said that the hackers abused Google’s own services, and used phishing to gain access to the users’ credentials. The attacks were detected last October but the hacking was going on for several months before that.

Security experts stumbled onto the espionage campaign after analysing two phishing emails targeting David Satter, a prominent American journalist and academic, who has also reportedly been banned in Russia since 2014 for his criticism of the Kremlin. The analysis led the researchers to a larger, more elaborate campaign by the hackers.

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