Civic Tech

Google to provide online protection for journalists facing hacking threats

Google said it was partnering with organizations across the globe to provide free security keys to over 10,000 high-risk users.

Google has announced that it would be adopting new cybersecurity protection features for high-risk users like journalists, activists and government officials.

In a blog post, Google said an increasing number of cyberattacks targeted high profile individuals and groups, forcing them to take extra measures and create a team “dedicated to detecting and stopping the world’s most sophisticated cybercriminals.”

Google said “Advanced Protection Program is available to all users, but is specifically designed for individuals and organizations at higher risk of targeted online attacks, such as elected officials, political campaigns, human rights activists and journalists.

Google said it was partnering with organizations across the globe to provide free security keys to over 10,000 high-risk users throughout 2021.

“Users who enroll in APP are protected against a wide variety of online threats, including sophisticated phishing attacks (through the use of security keys), malware and other malicious downloads on Chrome and Android, and unauthorized access to their personal account data (such as Gmail, Drive or Photos).”

Google also announced new partnerships with various international organisations like the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES), UN Women and nonprofit Defending Digital Campaigns (DDC).