Google says phishers stole e-mail from US officials, others

A phishing campaign compromised hundreds of accounts with targeted messages

By , IDG News Service |  Internet

Webmail accounts are often hit with less sophisticated, widespread attacks, too. Scammers like hacked e-mail accounts because they can use them to circumvent spam filters. Even users who do not handle sensitive information routinely find their Webmail accounts broken into and used to promote things such as illegal pharmaceutical websites.

Google has notified the victims of the attack and secured their accounts. The company has also "notified relevant government authorities," it said in its blog post.

Robert McMillan covers computer security and general technology breaking news for The IDG News Service. Follow Robert on Twitter at @bobmcmillan. Robert's e-mail address is robert_mcmillan@idg.com

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