GMail User Using 2FA Warned of Access From China

Published: 2011-04-11
Last Updated: 2011-04-11 01:51:45 UTC
by Johannes Ullrich (Version: 1)
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A few months ago, after the infamous "Aurora" attack, it became known that GMail accounts are under active attack from entities in China. In response, Google added a warning banner to its GMail accounts notifying users if someone logged into the account from China recently.

We had one user reporting such an incident, and are wondering if others have seen this warning recently. This user did use Google's two factor authentication, which is of course in particular concerning.

What security precautions do you take if you use GMail? Do you archive/delete old email? Any scripts you use for it that you could share? Do you use Google's two factor authentication?

Johannes B. Ullrich, Ph.D.
SANS Technology Institute

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