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Google Security Vulnerability Allowed Two-Step Verification Bypass

Researchers at Duo Security detailed an attack that could have allowed a hacker to hijack a user's Google account

Google has fixed a security hole that permitted attackers to potentially bypass the company's two-step verification feature and take over user accounts.

According to Duo Security, the vulnerability rested in the way application-specific passwords (ASPs) were used for applications that do not support logins using two-step verification. Designed with an eye towards improving account security, two-step verification provides users with a special code via text message or phone call when they attempt to log on to their Google account. The user will then have to enter that code as well in order to log in.

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