The DNC was ultimately breached within weeks of Mr. Podesta's account after Russian hackers used a phishing email to compromise an employee of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and subsequently installed malware on that organization's network, according to the indictment.
None of Google's 85,000 employees have been successfully phished on their work accounts since the company started requiring security keys in order to log in.
Google has successfully defended its over 85,000 employees against phishing attacks like the kind that hacked Democrats during the 2016 USA presidential race since requiring that staffers use physical, USB-based security keys to access their work accounts, the company said Monday.
Google says that they have not had a single successful phishing attack for about 18 months following the introduction of physical security keys.
In fact some developers have also chosen to use hardware security keys as a way of authenticating the software's validity to ensure it is not pirated. "It all depends on the sensitivity of the app and the risk of the user at that point in time". It's also supported in Firefox and many Google services, including Chrome can use U2F.
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Once a device is enrolled for a specific Web site that supports Security Keys, the user no longer needs to enter their password at that site (unless they try to access the same account from a different device, in which case it will ask the user to insert their key).
If U2F tokens are such an effective way to boost security, why do so few people beyond Google use them?
In 2FA, users log into a website using a password and then enter an additional one-time code usually sent to smartphones.
U2F is an emerging open source authentication standard, and as such only a handful of high-profile sites now support it, including Dropbox, Facebook, Github (and of course Google's various services). Microsoft expects to roll out U2F support for its Edge browser later in 2018. According to a recent article at 9to5Mac.com, Apple has not yet said when or if it will support the standard in its Safari browser.
However, a security key offers a level of protection that can stymie the best hackers from infiltrating your accounts. Google has worked with various industry groups, such as the FIDO Alliance, to develop security key technology called U2F.