Google+ to shut early after second bug revealed

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

A full list of the profile data an attacker could have gained access to can be found here, and included information such as name, email address, occupation, age, skills, birthday, nickname, and more.

Google+ will still stick around for enterprise use despite this latest round of leaked data, but it's clear that Google is eager to remove consumer access ASAP to avoid any additional slip-ups like this. Now, Google's revealed that it's moving that date up to April 2019 thanks to, you guessed it, another data leak.

In October, Google announced it was shutting down Google+ after a security flaw exposed users' personal data via the official Google+ APIs. Google also said at the time that it planned to gradually wind down the service to consumers over a 10-month period to give them a lengthy window to transition to other services.

The error related to the social network's Application Programmer Interface (API), a tool that allows app developers to extract information so that they can integrate their apps with Google's services. This led to the decision to shutter the network, with Google first saying that it would turn off access in August of next year.

Today Google officially announced that it recently discovered a new API bug that was released in November.

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Google said it encountered the bug as part of its "standard and ongoing testing procedures" and fixed it within a week of its discovery.

It is unclear if the vulnerability was exploited by developers in the same way that Facebook's API was used to harvest data of millions of users and sold to Cambridge Analytica.

Apps that pull data from Google+ to personalize their own services with user authorization will lose access in 90 days, the company said. Apps could have accessed some non-public profile data that had been shared with a user as well. As a result, the Google+ shut-down has been moved up from August 2019 to April 2019.

The bug impacted approximately 52.5 million users and possibly exposed the aforementioned profile information even when the information was set to not-public.

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