Gmail users receive warning email via unencrypted connections




Google will warn users of its Gmail service when e-mails it receives are sent via unencrypted connections. That decision was taken following an investigation which showed that the malicious attempt to intercept e-mail traffic.

In recent years, Google has been working with US scientists conducted research into e-mail encryption. It says the company on its security blog. The investigation revealed among other things that there are active groups which intercept with fake DNS servers try e-mail traffic to run it for unsecured servers. So they attempt to undermine sending messages via encrypted connections, only to intercept the content. On this basis, Google decided that it is going to give warnings if incoming e-mail is received via servers unencrypted connections.

In the coming months, the warnings are to be displayed to Gmail users. The warnings, which is still unclear how exactly see this come out, apply only when e-mail traffic to servers other than Gmail email providers; traffic between Google’s mail servers is in fact equipped with standard encryption. According to the Internet giant, the number of emails sent over unencrypted connections between Gmail and non-Gmail users in recent years dropped significantly.

The research which Google refers was carried out by researchers from the University of Michigan and the University of Illinois. They have their findings in a paper described it is put online.


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