Chinese Hackers Obtained Google’s Password System

by Klaus on April 21, 2010

in Google, Security, Tech News

According to New York Times, the Chinese Hackers you might have read about, is said to have obtained access to one of the more important parts of Google – their password system which controls access for million of users, to all Google’s services, including Gmail and Google Apps.

The system is called “Gaia” and has only once been spoken of in public before, 4 years ago at a tech conference. It’s basically a system that allow Google users (and employees) to be logged on to several Google services at once, with just one login.

While the hackers didn’t get access to any passwords during their less than two-day attack in December, they are likely to have obtained Gaia’s source code and could be able to analyze it to locate weaknesses to exploit in the future.


An anonymous source tells New York Times that the whole attack started with an instant MSN Message to a Google employee in China who clicked the link and malware was installed on the computer. The malware then spread to a group of Google developers in Mountain View, CA, before the hackers finally got access to these developers software archives including source codes.

The hackers transferred the data to servers at Rackspace and then onto a place that is still unknown.

There you have it, folks, don’t click on links you don’t know where might lead – no matter if this story is true or not, just don’t click them. Including this link, do not click it – you don’t know where it will take you!!

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DiTesco April 21, 2010 at 19:43

Isn’t that just scary. I for one have set up complicated passwords myself. But what good is it if in can just be as vulnerable. Man, and will due respect the China Men are really mad at Google, aren’t they. Lets just hope it stays here and no further attempts are made.
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himanshu May 5, 2013 at 10:13

I think Google much smart than hackers nothing can affect google . It will be even more efficient after these cyber attacks.
himanshu recently posted… Music player on android.

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