Google+ to shut down after breach involving 500,000 users

Google+ to shut down after breach involving 500,000 users

"Our analysis showed that up to 438 applications may have used this API", Google said.

Tech giant Google is shutting down its social networking site Google Plus after a technical glitch was found to have compromised accounts and personal information of over 500,000 of its users.

"'We have many enterprise customers who are finding great value in using Google+ within their companies", the internet firm said. The bug was patched in March 2018, but Google didn't inform users at that point.

Chris Griffith at The Australian points out that "the discovery of the breach occurred after the Notifiable Data Breaches (NDB) scheme began in late February" meaning that the discovery and what the WSJ claims is a coverup, occurred after the program was put in place. Data security experts now estimate 500,000 users had their profile data exposed.

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The data of hundreds of thousands of Google+ users were exposed from 2015 through March 2018, when Google discovered and fixed the problem.

The OAIC is aware of reports about a security issue affecting Google+ user accounts.

Smith said that when users grant permissions to access SMS, Contacts and Phone data to apps, they do so with specific use cases in mind, again indicating that the present policies have given developers overly broad access to people's information.

A Google spokesperson cited "significant challenges in creating and maintaining a successful Google+ that meets consumers" expectations" along with "very low usage' as the reasons for the move.

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The profiles of up to 500,000 Google+ accounts were potentially affected.

An internal memo says that disclosing the breach would probably result in "in us coming into the spotlight alongside or even instead of Facebook despite having stayed under the radar throughout the Cambridge Analytica scandal" and that it "almost guarantees Sundar will testify before Congress". Google said that 90 percent of all Google+ sessions don't last more than five seconds, confirming rumors that the site was more of a ghost town, when compared to Twitter and Facebook.

Internet giant Google has said it is shutting down the consumer version of its own social networking site Google+ due to low usage and a bug discovered in March a year ago that could leak the data of about half a million of its users. Ireland's data protection regulator told the press it was pushing for more information from Google regarding the breach.

Smith, however, announced that Google Plus will not be shut down immediately.

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