A vulnerability in a software update released in July 2016 that scans emails for malicious software and could potentially allow hackers to steal data has been found.
Researchers from the University of Reading found the bug in the Google Gmail system, and it could be exploited by malicious parties to intercept email from people who have not signed up for the service.
The bug could allow a hacker to intercept emails containing sensitive personal information, including credit card numbers, bank account numbers and other sensitive data.
Google said the update was made to address a security issue with Google email servers, and there is no evidence the flaw was used to steal credit card or other financial information.
Google said in a statement that it was aware of the vulnerability.
“Google has fixed a security vulnerability in Gmail that allows an attacker to intercept or send unsolicited email,” Google said.
“If an email is sent to a Gmail account, Google’s email verification mechanism will stop automatically after a specified period of time, and Google will then send a notification if a new email has been received.”
Google said that in order to test the security of the Gmail system and to check for the vulnerability, researchers were able to access a Google data centre in Sweden, where the bug was located.
Google is also working with security researchers from the US to test a fix for the flaw in the next few weeks.
The flaw was first discovered in a test for the new Gmail update on March 12.
Google announced in August 2016 that it would stop releasing security patches until the update to fix the bug had been rolled out.
A spokesperson for Google said: “Google does not publicly release security fixes.
We are currently working to address this issue and are not able to comment further at this time.”