Another Google+ data bug exposes info for 52.5 million users2018-12-10 18:46 by Daniela
Google will shut down its social network Google+ sooner than previously announced, due to a newly found bug that affects 52.5 million users. So the network sunset will happen in April of 2019, instead of in August.
The bug in question exposed information including names, email addresses, occupations, and ages between November 7th and November 13th. Google said it has fixed it and will begin contacting those whose information has been compromised.
"We discovered this bug as part of our standard and ongoing testing procedures and fixed it within a week of it being introduced," wrote Google vice president David Thacker in a blog post. "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."
News of the latest bug comes after Google announced in October a Google+ vulnerability that exposed the personal data of up to 500,000 people who used the site between 2015 and March 2018. Google remained silent about the problem for months and only came clean after a report in The Wall Street Journal. Google said it decided against disclosing the glitch because the problem didn't meet internal "thresholds" for alerting the public.
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