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By Nextrio on March 22nd, 2016 Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditlinkedinmailby feather

Google is one of the most innovative, famous, and powerful companies in the world today, which makes it hard for some to believe that they suffered a cyber attack in 2009. Take a look ahead to find out what happened, how it was received, and what the attacks meant for the search engine and email provider and its users.

Operation Aurora

2009 saw a multitude of cyber attacks linked to groups in China, and this series is known as Operation Aurora. The purpose of these attacks by groups like the People’s Liberation Army and the Elderwood Group was to access the email accounts of Chinese human rights activists who used Gmail as an email provider. Yahoo, Adobe Systems, Juniper Networks, and many others were also targets of Operation Aurora.

Release and Response

Google informed its users and the public of this cyber attack through its blog in 2010. The corporation claimed that the theft of PDF files as well as vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer programs contributed to the attack. They also alerted readers that the attacks may have had a greater purpose than spying on Chinese human rights activists; China may have been attempting to steal a great deal of industrial intellectual property from the United States. Many entities warned against the continued use of Internet Explorer as a result.


The 2009 cyber attack on Google came with a few important implications for the technological age. The first lesson gained from this attack is that it is wise to use different web browsers to protect your information, indicated by the role of Internet Explorer in the attack. Additionally, human error is still a security concern; the phishing of PDF files may have been thwarted if certain emails had not been opened.

You never know when a cyber attack may occur, so it is important that you always have your bases covered. It helps to work with an IT company in Tucson like Nextrio to ensure that your network is as secure as possible. Feel free to visit our website or call us at (520) 519-6301 for more on our services.

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