Google Plus to shut down early after second security flaw revealed

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

Google+ to shut down early after new bug bites 52.2 million users

This expedited shutdown will undoubtedly upset some of Google+'s most loyal users (and the platform's third-party developers), but it sounds like it's for the best.

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. Now, Google's revealed that it's moving that date up to April 2019 thanks to, you guessed it, another data leak. 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 bug is separate from another one the company disclosed in October that affected 500,000 users of the social network.

On Monday, Google made another announcement about another bug that was in a November software update.

In a new blog post, Google said it will shutter the platform within the next 90 days after discovering a second bug briefly allowed app developers to view the personal data of about 52.5 million users. "We discovered this bug as part of our standard and ongoing testing procedures and fixed it within a week of it being introduced".

It looks like Google's social network Google+ is shutting down in April of 2019 instead of August due to a second data leak. Google+ was originally scheduled to shut down completely in August 2019, but now the timetable has moved up. In that time, Google says it has no indication that any developers that did have access to the errant API "were aware of it or misused it in any way".

The API in question would have allowed developers to see information that users had set to private.

The latest Google+ security vulnerability affects the People API that enables apps to view public profile information from consenting users. "We continue to invest in our privacy programs to refine internal privacy review processes, create powerful data controls, and engage with users, researchers, and policymakers to get their feedback and improve our programs".

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