Pavel Durov, the founder of VK (VKontakte social network) and Telegram Messenger, informed that Google sent him a message warning of possible hacking attempt on his email by government-backed attackers. This was reported by Durov on his Twitter page.
"Google says government-backed attackers may be trying to hack me. I never use Gmail for important stuff, but somehow I am not surprised," he wrote.
Google says government-backed attackers may be trying to hack me. I never use Gmail for important stuff, but somehow I am not surprised. pic.twitter.com/EdAgHisHxF— Pavel Durov (@durov) 27 мая 2017 г.
"Vkontakte" founder departed from Russia in April 2014. Before that he was leaving the country for short periods of time, but eventually came back.
Prior to the departure, Durov resigned from the post of Director General of VK. He sold his shares to Ivan Tavrin, the leader of Megafon, who, in turn, sold shares to Mail.Ru Group holding.
President Petro Poroshenko signed the decree banning major Russian web portals and social networks on May 16, 2017. Sanctions against Russian companies took force in Ukraine. VKontakte, Yandex, Odnoklassniki and other, 468 legal entities overall, as well as over a thousand individuals are on the new sanction list. Most Ukrainian users have already lost access to the respective websites.