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Hackers Are Burying Malware on Victims’ Gmail Drafts

Hackers have picked up where General David Petraeus and his clandestine lover left: leaving letters in the draft folder of Gmail account they used to share. The covert technique that couple chose to exchange communications and keep their extra-marital affair secret was to write and store those love letters in the Draft folders. That way, they could avoid sending to each other’s other email accounts and leaving electronic traces. Hackers have found this astute trick to spread more malware on the sly, found by researchers of Shape Security.

The security startup firm has conducted a research has published that their researchers have discovered a slew of malware files left on their clients’ network which uses a secretive “command and control” styled channel for communication. This channel allows hackers not only to connect to the malware programs, but to share updates on those malware programs, guidelines to use those malicious software and to collect stolen data. These instructions and updates being inconspicuously written and kept in Gmail drafts, these communication channels are hardly detectable. Wade Williamson, a security researcher at Shape security startup, has revealed that “What we’re seeing here is command and control that’s using a fully allowed service, and that makes it stealthy and very hard to identify. It’s stealthily passing messages back and forth without even having to press send. You never see the bullet fired.”

The security firm has observed and discovered how the hackers attack. The method involves: at first, the hacker signs up and creates an anonymous Gmail account. After creating the email account, the hacker targets a computer which is connected to the network with malware. Once they gain control of the target’s computer, the hacker accesses the Gmail account in that target’s PC in Internet Explorer. Later Internet Explorer is automatically executed by some malware programs to query for a web page, unbeknown to the user that a webpage is open on his/her PC. These malware programs are written in Python script to collect commands and codes entered in the draft field. Those malware programs work to extract data from the network. The researchers revealed that this new malware infection is a variant of a remote access trojan (RAT) which was spotted by G-Data security software in August.

How to Make the Most Use of Gmail Tabbed Browsing and Make It Easy?

Google has rolled out its latest Gmail inbox overhaul on May 29 which features five different tabs wherein you can categorize emails. Hence with the launch of this new Gmail tabbed browsing, you will find your emails categorized into separate tabs that are Primary, Social and Promotions. You can add two additional tabs when you require; these are Updates and Forums. You can add, configure and customize all these tabs from ‘Configure inbox’ settings on Gmail. So, if you find this new drastic redesign of Gmail a bit confusing, you will soon clear all your doubts and start managing tab email browsing with these following tips.

How these Gmail tabs group mails?

Primary: Mails which include person-to-person chat conversations and messages with your Gmail contacts will appear under this tab
Social: All mail received from social networking sites you are using, activity notifications from online dating services, media-sharing sites, and other social websites will be clubbed under this Social tab.
Promotions: Mails containing deals, discounts, offers, and other promotions can be found under this tab.
Updates: If you are receiving utility bills, credit card bills, updates from sites you have signed up with such as job portals, bill receipt mails, statements and many more.
Forums: If you add ‘Forums’ tab, then you can receive notifications on comments, replies on discussions you started and participated in online forums, discussion boards, among others.

How to add/configure tabs?

In order to enable tabbed Gmail view, find the ‘Gear; and click ‘Configure inbox’. Next, you can select which tabs you want add to Gmail inbox. Rest, Gmail will automatically sort your inbox. You can drag and drop mail from one tab to other as per your preference. You will be prompted if you want to create a filter for a sender and create your own filters in ways that you can send emails to specific tabs.


Thus, you can sort, configure and manage new Gmail tabbed mail inbox. Do you find this these tips useful? Post your comments below.

Gmail® app for iOS® is updated

Recently Google rolled out significant updates for its well-liked Gmail app for iOS.
Called as version 1.2.7812, the updated Gmail app brings support for Notification Center, giving you the option to receive message notifications on the lock screen banner, or through alerts. Also, the updated app has persistent login feature, ensuring that sessions will not expire and you won’t have to re-enter your account credentials to access your inbox.
By downloading Gmail app for iOS, you can:
• Receive instant notifications for new messages
• Organize your mails by labeling, archiving, deleting, starring, or reporting spam
• Open your mail with chain conversations
• Assemble important mails with priority inbox
• Auto-complete contact details as your type
• Send attachments easily
• Receive attachments easily
• Search through the list of mails
The latest update by the most popular search engine now enables you to get the best e-mailing experience right from your iOS-based device.

Personalize your Gmail® account with custom backgrounds

Until now, Gmail users have been personalizing their inboxes with various themes. Over the next couple of days, the users will be able to give more of a personal touch to Gmail by customizing the backgrounds in Gmail.

Know how to do it

When it comes to uploading your image, there will be an option to upload it directly, paste any image URL, or select from Google+ photos. And in case, there is not any specific image in mind, browse through Featured Photos section to find a suitable picture. To get an idea of the collection of images, explore through ‘hdr scenery’ or ‘bokeh wallpaper’ under Featured tab.

For the rest of the interface, Google will include an option to select between a dark and a light theme when you set your own image.

“When we unveiled Gmail’s new look in November, we introduced a number of new, beautiful HD themes. We also heard that many of you wanted to bring an even more personal touch by setting your own background. So over the next couple of days we are rolling out a new Custom themes section with two options, Light and Dark where you can do just that,” Google software engineer Greg Bullock wrote on the official Gmail blog.


Google™ integrates more Google™ + features into Gmail

Google’s development team behind Gmail has modified the web version of the popular e-mail client Gmail to include more Google+ information within the user interface. For instance, when a user searches for a specific e-mail address in Gmail, the Google+ account associated with the e-mail address will now appear at the top of the search results.

Other Google+ features integrated

The search results include a Google+ profile picture, a direct link to the Google+ account connected to the search and a button that allows the user to assign the subject of the search to a Google+ circle. Assuming the user connected to the searched e-mail address has authorized these methods of contact, it will also include links to their e-mail address, text or video chat in addition to a phone number.

Improved circle integration and circle search

The development team has also added rules regarding searching for specific e-mail conversations within circles. Simply by typing “circle:[circle name]” in the search box along with some terms, a Gmail user can isolate e-mails that are limited to that specific set of people within the circle. Gmail users can also apply filters to specific circles. For instance, a user could automatically assign the star value to all e-mails received from a family circle in order to highlight important e-mails from family members. Alternatively, a user could automatically delete all e-mails that are sent from Google+ users they have added to a “Crazy Exes” circle. To know more about the Google + features that have been injected into Gmail, click here.

News source: Gmail blog

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