In the company's official 'Googleblog', tech giant Google informed that a campaign to hack users' password in order to monitor the content of users' email was averted thanks to 'the strength of our cloud-based security and abuse detection systems.

The attack apparently originating from Jinan, China, seemed to target leadership and government high ranking officials including 'senior U.S Government officials, Chinese political activists, officials in several Asian countries (predominantly South Korea), military personnel and journalists,' stated the blog.

The company further informed  that  the victims were notified and their accounts were secured in addition to having notified relevant government authorities. 

It's important to stress that our internal systems have not been affected-these account hijackings were not the result of a security problem with Gmail itself. But we believe that being open about these security issues helps users better protect their information online, the company finally reassured. 

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