Google reveals new security bug affecting more than 52 million users

Google+ to shut down early after leak exposes 52m users

According to an incident report published by Google earlier today, this second bug resided in the Google+ People API endpoint that apps and developers used to get information about user profiles. Google signed a consent decree with the FTC in 2011 to settle allegations that an earlier social media platform, Google Buzz, mishandled user data. It's also one of Google's most epic failures.

The disclosure comes two months after Google revealed another security vulnerability affecting the social network.

With the discovery of this new bug, we have made a decision to expedite the shut-down of all Google+ APIs; this will occur within the next 90 days.

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Google moved up Google+'s shut-down from August 2019 to April 2019. "We discovered this bug as part of our standard and ongoing testing procedures and fixed it within a week of it being introduced". The company will begin notifying affected users but insisted no financial data, passwords or national identification numbers were left vulnerable. This means that any apps or services that requested permission to view a user's profile information were granted access, even if the account was set to private. For consumers, Google plans to give users the information they need to offload their data and information. As a result, Google says it will shutdown all API access to Google+ in the next 90 days and bring forward the "sunsetting" of Google+ from August next year to April. "With the discovery of this new bug, we have chose to expedite the shut-down of all Google+ APIs; this will occur within the next 90 days", David Thacker, VP Product Management of G Suite, wrote.

"No third party compromised our systems, and we have no evidence that the developers who inadvertently had this access for six days were aware of it or misused it in any way", said David Thacker, Google's vice president of product management.

The latest undisclosed flaw found by Google could have put up to 52.5 million users at risk of exposed personal information that could include email addresses, birthdates, occupations, names and ages.

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