Researchers further linked China with a large spam network that tried to influence the United States through YouTube videos (some from hijacked channels) with “clumsy” translations and computer-generated voices. Google said it had disrupted the network, including the removal of more than 3,000 channels, and that it had no practical reach. There have been no “significant” coordinated influence campaigns on its platforms targeted at U.S. voters, Google said.
The company also pointed to North Korean groups trying to compromise COVID-1
Brute force attacks also played a role, Google added. They are less common from state-sponsored groups, but Google pointed to a distributed denial of service attack in 2017 that illustrated the dangers. The technology pioneer had to absorb an attack using quite a bit of 2.5 Tbps bandwidth spread across several Chinese ISPs. DDoS attacks need a “coordinated response” from the Internet, and Google promised to report these efforts when it is reasonably certain that they are of state-based origin.