A new Gmail policy that allows e-mailed image attachments to load automatically comes at a price, say two security researchers.
Google announced on Thursday that Gmail would once again load attached images by default. The feature had been disabled years ago, as a way of clamping down on malware and phishing attacks.
The news was accompanied by an explanation: Google proxy servers would host the images, thus preventing any malware they were hiding from surreptitiously showing up in the e-mail.
However, security researcher H.D. Moore determined that the proxy servers posed a tracking risk to e-mail recipients.
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