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Google rolls out air raid notifications for Android users in Ukraine

Google rolls out air raid notifications for Android users in Ukraine
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11 Mar, 2022
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Google has rolled out a rapid ‘Air Raid Alerts’ system for Android phones in Ukraine so that users can adopt precautionary measures before any attack takes place. The latest feature by search giant is in response to Russia’s prolonged attack on Ukraine.

Android users in Ukraine will get notifications directly on their phones even before the attacks happen near them. These Android notifications will be based on the alerts already being sent by the Ukrainian government, Google said in blogpost.

Kent Walker, President, Global Affairs at Google, revealed, “Tragically, millions of people in Ukraine now rely on airstrike alerts to try to get to safety. At the request, and with the help, of the government of Ukraine, we’ve started rolling out a rapid Air Raid Alerts system for Android phones in Ukraine. This work is supplemental to the country's existing air raid alert systems, and based on alerts already being delivered by the Ukrainian government.”  

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Beginning March 4, hotel owners in countries neighbouring Ukraine can indicate on their Business Profile whether they’re offering free or discounted accommodations for refugees. Furthermore, local businesses can post their Business Profile on Search and Maps to offer various services and aid to refugees from Ukraine. 

“As we compile this information over the coming weeks, we’ll make it possible for people to quickly find these places on Search and Maps,” added Walker.

Furthermore, Google’s ‘Threat Analysis Group’ (TAG) has been focusing on the safety and security of its users in Ukraine and the surrounding region, to help them access and share important information. TAG has observed activity from a range of threat actors, including FancyBear and Ghostwriter, which they regularly monitor and that are well-known to law enforcement.

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“Earlier this week, we shared more information about these threats, to help raise awareness among the security community and high-risk users,” Walker further added.