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Google Confirms Pre-installment of Trojan Triada on Android Smartphones

The report also said the supply chain attack was pulled off by one or more partners the manufacturers used in preparing the final firmware image used in the affected devices

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The Google logo is seen at a start-up campus in Paris, France, Feb. 15, 2018. VOA

Two years after a banking Trojan called Triada was spotted on some budget Android smartphones, Google has confirmed that criminals did actually manage to get an advanced backdoor pre-installed devices before they even left the manufacturing facilities.

Triada’s chief purpose was to install apps that could be used to send spam and display ads using tools that bypassed Android’s built-in security protections, thus allowing the malware to directly tamper with every installed app, Ars Technica reported on Saturday.

Triada first came to light in 2016 in articles published by Kaspersky that said the malware was “one of the most advanced mobile Trojans” the security firm’s analysts had ever encountered.

Google on an Android device. Pixabay

And while Google did confirm the Dr. Web report, it did not name the original equipment manufacturers.

The report also said the supply chain attack was pulled off by one or more partners the manufacturers used in preparing the final firmware image used in the affected devices.

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According to Lukasz Siewierski, a member of Google’s Android Security and Privacy Team, Triada infects device system images through a third party during the production process when the manufacturer turns to a third party developer to add a feature that does not come part of the Android Open Source Project, like face unlock. (IANS)

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Now, Gmail To Let You Send Emails as Attachment

Additionally, there is no need to create a brand new thread for replying to an email, as well

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You'll know this feature on Gmail is available to you when you see the "Forward as attachment" option in the three-dot More menu," further added Google. Pixabay

Google has finally added the feature on Gmail to send email as attachments without needing to download them first.

“We’ve heard from you that there are situations where attaching emails makes more sense than forwarding separate emails, like wanting to forward multiple messages related to a single topic. With this new functionality, you can do exactly that. Sending emails as attachments allows you to write a summary email message to your recipients, and attach the set of supporting emails that recipients can directly open in their mail client,” said Google in a blog post,” the company added,” the company said in a statement on Monday.

As soon as the feature arrives, a new “Forward as attachment” option in the three-dot menu will appear.

Users can either use the attach button when drafting a new email or can select multiple emails, and find the option of “Forward as attachment” in the three-dot menu.

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Google has finally added the feature on Gmail to send email as attachments without needing to download them first. Pixabay

Additionally, there is no need to create a brand new thread for replying to an email, as well. Just pop out the draft window when replying to someone, then drag and drop emails to it like a user would do while creating a new draft entirely.

The feature will be rolling out to all G suite editions gradually within the next month.

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“Please note that this feature is rolling out gradually. You’ll know this feature is available to you when you see the “Forward as attachment” option in the three-dot More menu,” further added Google. (IANS)