Google to finally shut down Google Plus as massive security breach revealed

Google to finally shut down Google Plus as massive security breach revealed

Google to finally shut down Google Plus as massive security breach revealed

Explaining this bug, Google said, "With this API, users can grant access to their Profile data, and the public Profile information of their friends to Google+ apps".

Ireland's data protection regulator said on Tuesday that it would seek more information from Alphabet Inc's Google (GOOGL.O) regarding a security issue that may have exposed the data of at least 500,000 users to hundreds of external developers.

"None of these thresholds were met here.", she said.

The Google+ data breach was discovered in March of this year during an audit of the company's APIs, conducted by a privacy task force codenamed Project Strobe. "It's that Google's execs knowingly avoided disclosing an issue because they knew it'd invite gov scrutiny & bad PR". Google claims it didn't report the incident right away as it didn't find any evidence of misuse of the profile data by any of the app developers.

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But it's not doing so exclusively out of concern for users' privacy: Smith admitted the network is not a success, saying "The consumer version of Google+ now has low usage and engagement: 90 percent of Google+ user sessions are less than five seconds".

The US internet giant said it will "sunset" the Google+ social network for consumers, which failed to gain meaningful traction after being launched in 2011 as a challenge to Facebook. The company found no evidence the information was misused by any developers, Smith said.

According to the blog post, the Google Plus data that was potentially exposed included names, email addresses, occupations, date of birth, profile photos and genders. According to Google, 90% of Google+ user sessions were less than 5 seconds, which is strikingly low compared to other social networks.

But Google+ and the company's other experiments with social media struggled to win over users because of complicated features and privacy mishaps.

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"If you have a Google tattoo on you, then these are the phones for you", IDC analyst Ramon Llamas said of the Pixel's limited appeal so far.

Google+ is finally shutting down on a particularly sour note.

Google today revealed it'd be shutting down the consumer version of Google+ in response to a previously undisclosed security flaw - and also because no one's really using it.

The WSJ report and Google blog both agree that Google discovered the bug in spring of 2018, although the motivation for what happened afterwards differs.

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