Experts from universities of Michigan and California have claimed that they were able to hack into Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL)’s mail app for smartphones with a 92% success rate. This news has worried millions of Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL)’s mail app users around the world. Experts will present their research in cyber security conference in San Diego. Fox Business’s Liz McDonald reported about the news in a program and said that Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL)’s mail app vulnerability has worried a lot of users. She said that researches used commonly used apps to sneak into Gmail accounts.
“The University of California Rverside and the University of Michigan were able to break into Gmail account, nine out of ten times, via apps. And what they did was they found that apps as benign as downloading wallpapers for your screen, banking apps for things like depositing cheques online, you take a picture of the cheque, you deposit it or tax preparations apps sold by H&R Block. They were able to break in through these apps and watch what you were doing in your Gmail account,” said McDonald.
According to McDonald, researchers said that they were able to break into Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL)’s Gmail account only when they users were logged in their accounts. Researchers have also said that this vulnerability is in Gmail apps for Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT)’s and Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s devices. Researchers exploited the smartphone memory management algorithms to break into Gmail app. They used shared memory of a users’ smartphone in the disguise of apparently harmless apps like Wallpaper apps and got access to the Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL)’s mail app. Several other apps were tested for vulnerabilities during the research. Experts say that Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN)’s app was hardest to access and they got a 48% success rate in hacking the Amazon’s app.
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