Google falls to serious security breach

Google falls to serious security breach

Google has announced that it has blocked access to a confidential email allegedly sent from a contract worker at Goldman Sachs on the back of a serious breach of security.

The incident happened a few weeks ago, with the email in question containing a information from a private brokerage account for several of Goldman's clients.

The firm has since sought a court order in an attempt to force Google to delete the email, with a statement claiming: "Emergency relief is necessary to avoid the risk of inflicting a needless and massive privacy violation upon Goldman Sachs' clients, and to avoid the risk of unnecessary reputational damage to Goldman Sachs."

He added that Goldman's problem was in stark contrast to that of Google, which would see the situation as "little more than the minor inconvenience of intercepting a single email". The company also insisted that the email was sent in error.

It comes after BlackBerry chief executive officer John Chen criticised Google's link-up with Samsung.

The recent collaboration between the two companies is set to incorporate Samsung's KNOX as a basis for their security in Android L.

Google is currently hoping that the move will allow Android devices to become a part of systems in government, the military and enterprises around the world.

However, Mr Chen claims that while the collaboration is a good start, there is still a long way to go before it can be considered to be up to the same standard as BlackBerry's own offering.

He added: "While we applaud Google and Samsung for their plans, we don’t think it’s enough for security-minded enterprises.  Instead, look to companies that have literally invested three decades into advancing the twin causes of security and productivity."  

Mr Chen's confidence is arguably well-merited, as it is through security software that BlackBerry has managed to make a recovery, especially on the back of fledgling smartphone sales.