Google warns customers of 4,000 cyber attacks per month

Alphabet SVP says state-sponsored attacks are very common

Google is warning users of 4,000 state-sponsored cyber attacks every month, according to parent company Alphabet.

Diane Greene, Google's senior VP sitting on Alphabet's board, revealed the statistic to delegates at a Fortune magazine tech conference yesterday.

It comes after Google previously said it sends tens of thousands of warnings every few months, leading to security upgrades among customers, Reuters reported.

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Transparency is a key theme for the tech giant, which revealed that right to be forgotten requests more than doubled to 65 million between 2014 and 2015.

The company offers two-factor authentication for many of its applications and unveiled plans to replace users' passwords with trust scores' at its I/O conference in May.

Instead of relying on a password, the trust score relies on data including location, facial recognition, and walking or typing patterns to identify users, all adding up to an overall score.

Several banks were expected to adopt the tool in June.

Experts have blamed numerous cyber attacks on various government-endorsed hackers, such as attacks on the White House's internal networks, and Sony Pictures' massive data leak, which was widely blamed on North Korea, though other experts argue with that claim.

However, David Emm, principal security researcher at Kaspersky Labs, told IT Pro previously that it can be hard to determine whether a nation state was behind an attack or not.

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"When there is an attack it's understandable that people seek to attribute blame," he said. "However, this is notoriously difficult - not least because it's possible for attackers to set 'false flags' to try and cover their tracks".

He added: "I don't think we'll ever get to a point where we say '90 per cent of what we see is nation-state'. It'll always be tiny."

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