Google CEO: 'We're now paranoid' about security

Google CEO: 'We're now paranoid' about security
Google CEO: 'We're now paranoid' about security 

By Tom Krazit
Relevant Results
CNet News
April 12, 2010 

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. -- Google learned some hard security lessons after 
it was attacked late last year by hackers, CEO Eric Schmidt said Monday.

"Google is now particularly paranoid about that," Schmidt said during a 
question-and-answer session following Google's Atmosphere 2010 
conference before about 400 CIOs. After the company learned that some of 
its intellectual property was stolen during an attack that originated 
from inside China, it began locking down its systems to a greater degree 
and accelerated plans to move to Web-based systems like Chrome OS 

The attacks took advantage of a flaw in Internet Explorer 6 that was 
quickly patched, although the damage had been done. More than 30 U.S. 
companies were believed to be targeted by the attacks, but Google was 
one of the few that publicly identified itself as a victim because "we 
decided we had to tell people as a warning," Schmidt said.

He declined to get into the specifics of how the attackers penetrated 
Google's security but said the attackers broke into a single system with 
the outdated browser and were then able to take "a series of steps" to 
wreak wider havoc. Google tightened its external defenses and moved 
quickly to update all the software within its walls following the 
deconstruction of the attack.


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