Here’s a surprise announcement from Google: It will stop scanning the inboxes of Gmail’s free users for ad personalization at some point later this year. Google already doesn’t do this for business users who subscribe to its G Suite services, but until now, it routinely scanned the inboxes of its free users to better target ads for them.
It then combined that information with everything else it knows about its users to build its advertising profiles for them. Diane Greene, Google’s senior VP for Google Cloud, says the company made this decision because it “brings Gmail ads in line with how we personalize ads for other Google products.”Read more
The Gmail phishing attack that played out across Google's billion-user email platform Wednesday afternoon was "particularly insidious" and created by someone with considerable skill, say cybersecurity experts.
The scam involved sending users a malicious link from what looked like a familiar contact; when users clicked it and logged on, the hacker gained access to their Gmail credentials, thereby getting the keys to the kingdom for a user's entire online life — and enabling the virus to replicate itself. While Google says it has fixed the problem, it still remains a mystery who may have launched the worm that quickly made the rounds online.Read more
Hardly a day goes without headlines about any significant data breach. In past year, billions of accounts from popular sites and services, including LinkedIn, Tumblr, MySpace, Last.FM, Yahoo!, VK.com were exposed on the Internet.
Now login credentials and other personal data linked to more than one Million Yahoo and Gmail accounts are reportedly being offered for sale on the dark web marketplace. The online accounts listed for sale on the Dark Web allegedly contain usernames, emails, and plaintext passwords. The accounts are not from a single data breach; instead, several major cyber-attacks believed to have been behind it.Read more
In reality, however, the age of instant messaging, cloud storage and collaboration features means that there isn't really any need for sending attachments by mail in the first place, and given that even with legitimate intent, they create multiple copies which clog up servers, businesses still operating this way need to rethink their approach anyway.Read more
Over 25 million accounts associated with forums hosted by Russian internet giant Mail.ru have been stolen by hackers. Two hackers carried out attacks on three separate game-related forums in July and August. One forum alone accounted for almost half of the breached data – a little under 13 million records; the other two forums make up over 12 million records.
The databases were stolen in early August, according to breach notification site LeakedSource.com, which obtained a copy of the databases. The hackers' names aren't known, but they used known SQL injection vulnerabilities found in older vBulletin forum software to get access to the databases.Read more
A security researcher has discovered an interesting loophole in Gmail Android app that lets anyone send an email that looks like it was sent by someone else, potentially opening doors for Phishers.
This is something that we call E-mail Spoofing – the forgery of an e-mail header so that the email appears to have originated from someone other than the actual source. However, an independent researcher discovered a similar bug in official Gmail Android app that allowed her to hide her real email address and change her display name in the account settings so that the receiver will not be able to know the actual sender. How to Send Spoofed Emails via Gmail Android App?Read more
ProtonMail decided to pay a $6000 ransom to cyberattackers lobbing a crippling DDoS attack at the service -- but this did nothing to prevent the attack.
The encrypted email service revealed on Thursday the extent of the distributed denial-of-service attack which began on Tuesday, 3 November. The attack, which sent vast amounts of traffic to ProtonMail leading to the overload of systems to the point that legitimate traffic could not get through, has stopped -- but the service has warned it may come under attack again. ProtonMail is used by the privacy-conscious to protect their online communication.Read more
Google is rolling out a new ad format in Gmail to all advertisers today. A few years ago, Google launched a new kind of native ad in Gmail that sat at the top of the inbox and mostly looked like a regular email. For the most part, that was a pretty unobtrusive way of displaying ads though some people were rather annoyed by them.
Starting today, Google is making it easier for all advertisers to buy these ads. Google tells us that the native Gmail ad format has actually been in beta testing since 2013. Clearly I’ve never clicked on these ads. We’ve updated this post to reflect this. Advertisers can now buy these new Gmail ads directly from AdWords.Read more
Security researchers have discovered a potential way to steal users Gmail credentials from a Samsung smart fridge. Pen Test Partners discovered the MiTM vulnerability that facilitated the exploit during an IoT hacking challenge at the recent hacking conference.
The hack was pulled off against the smart fridge, part of Samsung’s line-up of Smart Home appliances which can be controlled via their Smart Home app. While the fridge implements SSL, it fails to validate SSL certificates, thereby enabling man-in-the-middle attacks against most connections. The internet-connected device is designed to download Gmail Calendar information to an on-screen display.Read more
About a decade ago, spam brought email to near-ruin. The contest to save your inbox was on, with two of the world’s biggest tech companies vying for the title of top spam-killer. Microsoft boasted that its spam filters were removing all but 3 percent of the junk messages from Hotmail, the company’s online email service at the time.
Google responded by claiming that its service, Gmail, removed all but about one percent of spam messages, adding that its false positives rate was also about one percent. It was a point of pride for the two companies, particularly Microsoft, whose Hotmail service once carried such a poor reputation for spam.Read more