FILE - This March 23, 2010, file photo shows the Google logo at the Google headquarters in Brussels. Silicon Valley’s biggest businesses could face tougher regulations following Britain’s decision to withdraw from the European Union. In recent years, the EU’s chief antitrust cop has accused Google of thwarting competition by using its dominant search engine to drive traffic to its own services. And the EU is adopting stricter rules limiting how much personal information online ad companies such as Google and Facebook can collect from Europeans. Analysts say that the U.S. tech industry could face even tougher rules without Britain serving as a moderating counterbalance against countries that have taken more aggressive stances on regulation. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo, File)

Google has warned a number of prominent journalists that state-sponsored hackers are attempting to steal their passwords and break into their inboxes, the journalists tell POLITICO.
Jonathan Chait of New York Magazine said he received several messages from Google warning him about an attack from a government-backed hacker starting shortly after the election. He said the most recent warning came two to three weeks ago.
Julia Ioffe, who recently started at The Atlantic and has covered Russia for years, said she got warnings as recently as two weeks ago. (See one of the warnings: http://bit.ly/2kMUyRb)
Some journalists getting the warnings say they suspect the hackers could be Russians looking to find incriminating emails they could leak to embarrass journalists, either by revealing alleged liberal bias or to expose the sausage-making of D.C. journalism.
“The fact that all this started right after the election suggests to me that journalists are the next wave to be …
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