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Google Slammed for Tricking Users to View Infected PNG Images

PNG is a raster-graphics file-format that supports lossless data compression.

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Google rolling out Chrome 72 with bug fixes, newer features. Pixabay

Google is reportedly being slammed by security experts following the disclosure of a vulnerability that has exposed Android to the risk of being compromised by infected images.

Revealed in Google’s February security update, the flaw leaves Android systems compromised with a modified Portable Network Graphics (PNG) that could trick users into viewing an infected image, Android Headlines reported on Saturday.

PNG is a raster-graphics file-format that supports lossless data compression. The security flaw affects devices running Android 7.0 Nougat and newer versions of the software.

PNG images trick users to view infected images.
Google slammed for risking Android with infected PNG images. Pixabay

According to experts, the root cause of this alarming vulnerability has been a light approach to media content on Google’s part.

The new firmware is currently only available on the Pixel handsets and a small number of Android One devices that run a stock version of the operating system (OS), the report informed.

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However, Google’s February security update addresses the issue, but the global rollout of the security patch is expected to take more time. (IANS)

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Amazon Launches ‘Amazon Pay UPI’ For Android Users in India

This launch is a key step to enable Amazon customers in adopting BHIM UPI as a digital payment method, thereby helping the Indian government's initiative of "Cashless India", the company added

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The logo of Amazon, online retailer is seen at the company logistics center in Lauwin-Planque, France. VOA

To facilitate secure payments and financial transactions on its platform, Amazon on Thursday launched “Amazon Pay Unified Payments Interface (UPI)” for Android users in partnership with Axis Bank to issue UPI IDs to its customers in India.

UPI is an instant real-time payment system developed by National Payments Corporation of India processing inter-bank transactions.

With this, users would be able to use their Amazon Pay UPI ID to shop on Amazon.in, make payments for their daily purchases, including recharges and bill payments, without entering bank account or debit card credentials or going through a multi-layer process to pay from their bank account, the company said in a statement.

“The launch of Amazon Pay UPI is a key milestone to help accelerate adoption of merchant payments on UPI platforms,” said Vikas Bansal, Director, Amazon Pay, India.

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‘Amazon Pay UPI’ launched for Android users in India.

Every customer transaction on Amazon is secured through mobile device verification as well as with UPI pin.

Customers could link their bank accounts and complete one time set-up process by setting up a UPI pin to make instant payments.
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This launch is a key step to enable Amazon customers in adopting BHIM UPI as a digital payment method, thereby helping the Indian government’s initiative of “Cashless India”, the company added.

Launched in 2007, Amazon Pay – the online payments processing service owned by Amazon – uses the consumer base of Amazon.com and focuses on giving users the option to pay with their Amazon accounts on external merchant websites. (IANS)