Gmail blocks 100 million phishing attempts daily: Google

June 9, 2021 0 Comments


The past six months have seen some of the most widespread and alarming cyber attacks against the digital infrastructure in history — against public utilities, private sector companies, government entities

New Delhi: Google has said that every day, Gmail blocks more than 100 million phishing attempts and Google Play Protect scans over 100 billion apps for malware and other issues, as cyber attacks by nation-states and criminals are increasingly becoming brazen and effective.

The past six months have seen some of the most widespread and alarming cyber attacks against the digital infrastructure in history — against public utilities, private sector companies, government entities and people living in democracies around the world.

“We are deeply concerned by these trends. Security is the cornerstone of our product strategy. We have dedicated teams like Project Zero who focus on finding and fixing vulnerabilities across the web to make the internet safer for all of us,” said Kent Walker, SVP of Global Affairs at Google.

Google said that in the US, the company is committed to supporting the most recent White House Cybersecurity Executive Order, which makes critical strides to improve America’s cyber defenses in key areas.

Google said that it strongly supports modernising computing systems, making security simple and scalable by default, and adopting best practices like zero trust frameworks.

“As we saw with SolarWinds and the Microsoft Exchange attacks, proprietary systems and restrictions on interoperability and data portability can amplify a network’s vulnerability, helping attackers scale up their efforts,” Walker emphasised.

“At Google, we’ve emphasised securing the software supply chain and we’ve long built technologies and advocated for standards that enhance the integrity and security of software,” he added.

Taking a tough stand on growing ransomware attacks, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and US Justice Department have announced to treat such cyber incidents as terror attacks.

Major meat producer JBS USA has suffered a cyberattack and the ransom demand came from a criminal organisation likely based in Russia.

The latest ransomware attack came weeks after a similar cyberattack targeting Colonial Pipeline, which forced the company to shut down approximately 5,500 miles of fuel pipeline for days.

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