An Australian researcher has warned that the world’s biggest internet search engine has been breached by a mysterious Russian-speaking group.
The cyber attack occurred during the height of a global election campaign, and appears to have been orchestrated by an individual who goes by the name of ‘KremlinKitty’, the research team wrote in a blog post published Wednesday.
The Russian-language blog post, titled ‘Russian hackers breached Google’s servers’, said the company was unable to identify the culprits who broke in to its systems and obtained personal information.
Google said it had been in contact with the Australian Federal Police and the Australian Secret Intelligence Service (ASIS), which is investigating the breach.
“Google is committed to protecting the privacy and security of its users and our data is secure,” the company said in a statement.
The researchers said they had found a backdoor code on the site that allowed a user to log into the system. “
In light of this information, we have decided to take the necessary measures to protect the security of our users and data, and will continue to take any action necessary to protect our users.”
The researchers said they had found a backdoor code on the site that allowed a user to log into the system.
The code was not publicly available, and it could only be accessed by the malicious user.
The hackers are believed to have used a botnet to target Google users and spread spam.
The researchers’ report was based on a database of Google search queries, and included more than 1.2 million results.
Google did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Google has had a long-standing relationship with Russia, which has been accused of spying on the US.
The company is the only company that has an office in Moscow.