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Tech News: Attack on Google, Password system targeted!

Posted on: April 20, 2010


By John Markoff, The New York Times

Ever since Google disclosed in January that Internet intruders had stolen information from its computers, the exact nature and extent of the theft has been a closely guarded company secret. But a person with direct knowledge of the investigation now says that the losses included one of Google’s crown jewels, a password system that controls access by millions of users worldwide to almost all of the company’s Web services, including e-mail and business applications.

The program, code named Gaia for the Greek goddess of the earth, was attacked in a lightning raid taking less than two days last December, the person said. Described publicly only once at a technical conference four years ago, the software is intended to enable users and employees to sign in with their password just once to operate a range of services.

The intruders do not appear to have stolen passwords of Gmail users, and the company quickly started making significant changes to the security of its networks after the intrusions. But the theft leaves open the possibility, however faint, that the intruders may find weaknesses that Google might not even be aware of, independent computer experts said.

For more on this story, and to get updates: Google Attacked!

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2 Responses to "Tech News: Attack on Google, Password system targeted!"

im losing faith in google…

oh no! my ambition is to work for google some day..hopefully they’ll still be at the top when that happens! 😉

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