Google+ shutdown accelerated after bug affecting 52.5m users found

Google+ shutdown accelerated after bug affecting 52.5m users found

Google+ shutdown accelerated after bug affecting 52.5m users found

We have confirmed that the bug impacted approximately 52.5 million users in connection with a Google+ API. The personal information that was exposed was from people's Google+ profiles, including names, ages and occupations.

Google admitted users' data had been exposed for six days following a software update in November. Two months after saying it would shutter its faltering network after a security glitch potentially exposed personal information on up to 500,000 customers, the technology behemoth is moving up the closure date. Nevertheless, the powers that be have apparently concluded that the site is more trouble than it's worth - and they're probably right, given the scrutiny Google is under.

Remember Google+? If not, you're far from alone - the much-criticized social network got off to a rocky start when it first launched in 2012, and though it's always retained a sizable core userbase, it has shrunk considerably.

As a result, and with maintaining the social network for a stagnant number of users an increasing headache, Google opted to instead shut down Google+ on the consumer side.

Google is still looking into the severity of the bug but said that so far it impacted 52.5 million users who were connected through the Google Plus API, and that those users had their information-even information marked private on their profile-revealed to developers.

Google announced it has found a second vulnerability in Google+.

But the incident prompted the company's announcement that it would shut down Google+ for good in August 2019.

The disclosure also comes one day before Google CEO Sundar Pichai is expected to testify before Congress on a range of issues, including the company's treatment of conservative viewpoints and its controversial work in China. But Google says it will still notify affected users about the bug. David Thacker part of the G Suite team says that "no third party compromised our systems, and we have no evidence that the app developers that inadvertently had this access for six days were aware of it or misused it in any way".

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