In this other article on Wired.com the security researchers gives a bit more details on how the hackers targeted their victims, stealing their email passwords by using very smart malware. They also mentioned that in the Google attack, friends and associates of Google employees on social networking sites were used to attack Google.
It appears these attacks are most successful on Windows systems using Internet Explorer (versions 6.xx and higher). To protect yourself, you should be using Linux (64 bit Linux is the most secure). If you must use Windows, I recommend using Mozilla Seamonkey or Mozilla Firefox web browsers. A very good alternative is Opera.
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