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Old 24. Feb 2017, 06:43 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Exclamation Yes, something's up with Google accounts

If you just received a strange, official Google notification on your mobile device, this is for you.

From around midnight (ET Time) many users were reporting a notification on their mobile devices: “something has changed” asking the user to log in again. This is no scam as the notificaction came from the system itself. Google says it hasn't been hacked. So far the only site reporting the issues was this one:
https://www.xwn2.com/google-accounts...etting-hacked/

There was, apparently, an issue with its Google Accounts engine which also forced Google Wifi and OnHub customers offline in the middle of the day.
http://www.theverge.com/2017/2/23/14...onhub-wifi-bug

So, no reason to worry (yet) as this wasn't a hack. Just enter your credentials again and, as the article says, enable 2-step verification just in case.

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Old 24. Feb 2017, 07:37 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Two of my Google accounts needed to sign in again today.

Google says this: "We've gotten reports about some users being signed out of their accounts unexpectedly. We're investigating, but not to worry: there is no indication that this is connected to any phishing or account security threats. Please try to sign-in again..."

https://support.google.com/accounts/.../6063333?hl=en
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I got the message on my phone today. Haven't got it on my mom's phone yet.
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Old 24. Feb 2017, 12:31 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I got the sign in dialog from Thunderbird on my computer. It's happened before. I just signed in again.
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Old 24. Feb 2017, 09:23 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I think WORRY!
I thought the "we don't know what it is was" very reassuring - for malware writers.


People should not just take Googles word for it just because they are a huge company, and indeed, should worry even more when they are apparently so easily affected.
One of the reasons for having to sign in again is likely to be that something has changed - and if THEY don't know what it was, then someone else changed it and THAT is dangerous in itself even if the change turns out to be not malicious - when they find out what it was.

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Old 24. Feb 2017, 09:45 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I got it as well
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Old 25. Feb 2017, 04:48 AM   #7 (permalink)
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People should not just take Googles word for it just because they are a huge company, and indeed, should worry even more when they are apparently so easily affected.
One of the reasons for having to sign in again is likely to be that something has changed - and if THEY don't know what it was, then someone else changed it and THAT is dangerous in itself even if the change turns out to be not malicious - when they find out what it was.
Your logic is spot-on. If Google admits a hack (a severe one in this particular case) a lot of its stock value could go up in smoke.

Once Yahoo went open about the hacks it suffered, Verizon scraped $350 million off the original $4.83 billion deal. Google is valued at $527 billion, so they have billions of reasons to keep hacks secret for as long as they can. It just can't be possible they don't know what exactly happened to their Google Accounts Engine.
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