Google Password System Hit in Cyber-attack, Report Says
Citing a source close to the investigation, The New York Times is reporting the attack on Google in December hit the company's password system.New details have leaked out regarding the cyber-attack on Google in December. According to a report in The New York Times, the attack hit Google's password system, code-named Gaia. The program is still used under the name Single Sign-On and allows users to sign in only once with their password to operate e-mail and business applications.
Google disclosed the attack on Jan. 12, announcing it had uncovered "a highly sophisticated and targeted attack" that also struck numerous other companies as well. According to Google, the primary goal of the attack was to access the Gmail accounts of Chinese human rights activists, an effort that failed - though Google has admitted two Gmail accounts were accessed. The information taken from those accounts, however, was limited to information such as the date the account was created, the company has said.