Google to revamp security to fight political hacks

The yet-to-be-announced update is aimed at executives and political figures

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Google is reportedly preparing a security update to protect against against cyber attacks and political hacking.

The update, dubbed the Advanced Protection Program, is expected to be rolled out next month and will offer new features for protecting its various software suites, according to Bloomberg, quoting two people familiar with Google's internal workings.

It's thought the new tool would effectively replace the need for two-factor authentication, and instead replace it with two physical keys. The update is reportedly aimed at senior company executives and political figures, those most at risk of being targeted by hackers.

Google's USB Security Key has been providing two-factor authentication since 2014, allowing users to plug a dongle into a machine to create tougher security measures across GSuite tools and websites.

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According to the sources, the new security tools will continue to make use of the USB Security Key, but will also include a second physical key for added protection.

It's unclear what specific functions the new update will bring, though the sources confirmed that the service will block third-party applications from accessing email and Google Drive accounts by default, and will receive regular updates to expand its capabilities.

During last year's US presidential election campaign, a high-profile hack on the Democratic National Committee led to the leak of email accounts belonging to senior Democratic party officials, including those belonging to Hillary Clinton's and Bernie Sanders' campaigns.

Google has been working to address vulnerabilities in its own platform. In May users were hit by a widespread Google Docs phishing scam which tricked users into clicking a link, granting a malicious third-party application access to address books and Gmail accounts.

Since then, Google has introduced AI-driven early warning mechanisms for phishing scams, click-time alerts for links contained inside emails, and new warning messages that notify users if an email recipient is outside their business network.

Google's latest tool is expected to arrive next month, however the company has yet to make any public announcement.

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