Google says that it delivered almost 40,000 alerts of state-sponsored phishing or malware hacking attempts to its users during 2019, with a 25% drop when compared to the previous year.

One of the reasons behind this notable drop in the number of government-backed hacking incidents is the increasingly effective protections Google sets up to protect its users.

Due to the more effective protections, hackers are forced to slow down their attacks and try to adapt their campaigns which leads to less frequent hacking attempts.

Journalist and news outlet impersonation were among the most frequently identified phishing methods used by state-backed