Google Plus Exposure Deja Vu

Google planned on shutting down Google Plus in August after their data breach back a few months ago. Due to recent events, Google plans on deactivating Google Plus earlier. 

Software Bug Exposure

On Monday, Google reported discovering a new software bug that exposed nonpublic information for more than 50 million Google Plus users.

Not Google Plus’s First Breach

The first exposure occurred in October and impacted 496,951 users of Google Plus, revealing their usernames, email addresses, occupation, date of birth, profile photos, places lived, and relationship status.

Google is expediting the closure of their social media platform after their second data breach, now affecting more than 50 million users.

Security Flaw in Software Patch

Google’s vice president of product management for business apps, David Tucker, explained that the bug was developed on accident during a software patch implemented last month.  It was shut down within a week.

“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.” 

Unauthorized Access

The bug allowed third-party developers access to users’ profile information, more access than they originally agreed to share.

“The flaw did not expose financial data, passwords, or other sensitive information that is often used in identity theft.”

Google Plus is said to retire in April, instead of the planned August date.

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