Google warns Hong Kong’s Joshua Wong of government-backed hackers

Iain Marlow and Karen Leigh report:

Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong said that Google Inc warned him about government-backed hacking attempts as the former British colony’s historic protests continue to draw global attention – and China’s ire.

The student leader on July 16 posted on Twitter a message he said he’d received from Google warning that hackers supported by unspecified authorities may have been trying to steal his Gmail password and access his data.

“There’s a chance this is a false alarm, but we believe we detected government-backed attackers trying to steal your password,” the message read. “This happens to less than 0.1% of all Gmail users.”

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