GOOGLE+ : Google has closed its Google+ social network earlier than expected due to bug detection affecting 52.3 million users.
According to SlashGear, Google+ “sick” social network will be closed four months earlier than initially planned after Google found another security bug affecting more than 52 million users. The search giant initially announced it would close Google+ in August next year (partly because this social network poses some security risks).
In October, Google admitted that they had identified a relatively large problem with one of the Google+ APIs. It is possible to expose data including username, email address, occupation, gender, and age. At the time, Google admitted that the flaw affected up to 500,000 Google+ accounts.
To avoid risk, Google decided to close Google+ with users. However, the business collaboration version will exist, public Google+ will be turned off. At that time, Google said the closure would take place in August 2019.
But recently, Google announced that the closure of its social network would come sooner (April 2019). David Thacker, G Suite manager for Google, said: “Recently, we have determined that some users have been affected by the software update introduced in November. This bug affects to the Google+ API “. Although David Thacker claims there is no evidence that the bug is exploited, it does provide access to a significant amount of data for about 52.3 million people anyway.
The API mentioned will allow developers to view the information that users have placed in private mode. That may include things like names, email addresses, and careers. Also, applications with access to Google+ also have the user’s “data data” access.
With Google+ showing a growing security threat, the search giant decided to close its brainchild soon. All Google+ APIs will be closed for the next 90 days, while the site will be closed in April 2019. Google will notify registered users of the change and provide them with information on how to extract. Any data they want to keep.