In collaboration with the University of California, Berkeley, Google’s research examined some ways by using them people data has been compromised between March 2016 and March 2017. One Million Account Logins and Passwords are Stolen Every Month, According to Google. According to the research, hackers uses 3 ways to hijack accounts. Two of them are phishing and keylogging. Both these methods are used to a steal 250,000 account logins every week.
One Million Account Logins and Passwords are Stolen Every Month, Google
The largest number of stolen logins that Google found for sale on black markets came from third-party data breaches. According to the Google, in phishing technique, hacker pretends to be a person or company and directly asks for user data. Whereas keylogging is a direct attack that records users when they’re typing.
With more information about the user in hand, phishing and keylogging techniques are far more successful. Google says that 12-25% of the attacks recorded during its research yielded a valid password, while third-party breaches settled at 12%.
“We found 82% of blackhat phishing tools and 74% of keyloggers attempted to collect a user’s IP address and location, while another 18% of tools collected phone numbers and device make and model,”
reads the post on Google’s Security Blog.
Throughout the research, Google identified that total 788,000 credentials stolen through keyloggers, and 12 million obtained through phishing.
However, Google has taken some incredible steps to secure its users’ accounts. The company claims that 67 million vulnerable Google accounts have now been protected. Moreover, the company is also working hard to make its services more secure.
So, if you’re worried about your own account’s security, you must run a Security Checkup immediately. Google accounts already have many in-built security features. One of the easiest account protections you can add yourself quickly is two-factor authentication.
Source: Android Authority