Top journalists around the country are reporting having received warning emails from Google that their accounts may be targeted by state-sponsored hackers, it has been reported.
In a series of revelations, top journalists in the country working for various newspapers and other news outlets have said that they have been receiving detailed and repeated warnings from Google that their accounts may be targeted by hackers.
‘I have been receiving these emails from Google warning me that my account could be easily compromised by hackers,’ said one leading journalist who did not wish to be named.
‘Since this trend started immediately after the election, it shows that now journalists are going to be the main target of hackers in a manner similar to the way the democrats were the target before the elections,’ the journalist added.
Ezra Klein of Vox has said that he has received a warning from Google that his account may be a target in a sophisticated hacking campaign.
‘I have taken the necessary steps to tighten my email security,’ he added.
Another prominent journalist, Brian Stelter, who is a senior reporter at the CNN, said that he has been receiving repeated warnings from Google over the past few weeks.
When reached for comment, Google indicated that it has been sending emails to its clients, warning them about the possibility of hackers accessing their accounts as a safety precaution.
A spokesperson for the company indicated that they have been concerned with particular email accounts and that they had taken the necessary steps of informing the owners about the risks that they face regarding their accounts.
‘We have been sending emails to caution the users whom we believe that their accounts are at risk of being compromised by state-sponsored hackers,’ the spokesperson of the company added.
Google was quick to point out that the people who were receiving the emails should not interpret the messages as a confirmation that their accounts had already been compromised.
‘We expect our clients to take all the necessary steps to safeguard their accounts, once they receive the warning emails,’ the company added in a statement.
There has been growing concern that Russia-backed hackers may start targeting journalists in a fresh wave of high-profile hacking attacks.
It is not clear what the motivation for attacking journalists may be but many observers believe that the hackers may be seeking to access the private messages of their targets and use them to embarrass and discredit the journalists.