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Windows 7: Gmail now warns users of suspicious account activity.


25 Mar 2010   #1
JMH

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Gmail now warns users of suspicious account activity.

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Google today added an alert to Gmail that warns users of the Web mail service when their account may have been hijacked.
Using several criteria -- including plotting the Internet protocol (IP) address of each successful log-on -- Google determines whether to sound the alarm, which pops up at the top of a user's account and reads "Warning: We believe your account was last accessed from..." along with the location associated with the log-on.

If an account is accessed from one country, then again a few hours later from a different country, Google would likely sound the alarm. The assumption: The multiple and geographically divergent log-ons would be a clue that the account had been hacked, and was now being used to send spam, spread scams or distribute malware.

"It's actually much more sophisticated than that," said Will Cathcart, a Gmail product manager. "If we determine that an IP down the block [from you] has logged into your account, and has recently logged into lots and lots of accounts, we'll display the warning."
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25 Mar 2010   #2

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Interesting. This is similar to what Blizzard was doing to ban World of Warcraft accounts for being used to buy gold or power level. People would pay companies in China to powerlevel characters for them. If they saw you logged in from California, and an hour later you were logged in from China, they banned your account, as the TOS disallowed account sharing. Or even if the powerleveling companies were "rotating" accounts to keep the account on 24 hours.
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