You cannot trust Gmail completely in terms of safety because according to sources, scientists have figured out a way to hack into Gmail with an impressive accuracy level of more than 90 percent (92 to be precise). While this doesn’t actually mean that your Gmail account is full of vulnerabilities, this actually means that your Gmail isn’t as safe as you thought it were
A team of researchers which had also included an assistant professor at the University of California, Riverside Bourns College of Engineering, have identified a weakness believed to exist in Android, Windows and iOS mobile operating systems that could be used to obtain personal information from unsuspecting users. They demonstrated the hack on an Android phone.
Interestingly, Amazon was the only app which had a low penetration success level of only 48 percent in comparison to the Gmail app which had 92 percent success.
So how is this possible exactly? Well, we made an error while making an assumption it seems.
“The assumption has always been that these apps can’t interfere with each other easily, We show that assumption is not correct and one app can in fact significantly impact another and result in harmful consequences for the user,” Zhiyun Qian, of the Computer Science and Engineering Department at UC Riverside said.
The attack works by getting a user to download a seemingly benign, but actually malicious, app, such as one for background wallpaper on a phone. Once that app is installed, the researchers are able to exploit a newly discovered public side channel — the shared memory statistics of a process, which can be accessed without any privileges. The researchers monitor changes in shared memory and are able to correlate changes to what they call an “activity transition event,” which includes such things as a user logging into Gmail or taking a picture of a check so it can be deposited online.
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