Google Aware Of Large-Scale Data Breach But Chose Not To Disclose It

A bug in Google+ exposed the data of hundreds of thousands. Google covered it

A bug in Google+ exposed the data of hundreds of thousands. Google covered it

And an internal memo noted that while there wasn't any evidence of misuse on behalf of developers, there wasn't a way to know for sure whether any misuse took place. However, Google said no other data, including private messages or phone numbers, could have been accessed, and that there's no evidence that developers were actually aware of this bug or that data was misused.

"The Profiles of up to 500,000 Google+ accounts were potentially affected".

The company went on to say that the bug, and the "very low usage of the consumer version of Google+', has made the company decide to 'sunset" the consumer version of the social network.

Although the company did not notify the users about this bug, they patched it in March 2018. Google is changing the permission requests and one permission will be granted at a time for various services like mail and Calendar, etc. By the company's reckoning, up to 438 applications may have been able to access private profile data because of the software bug.

In response to the story, BuzzFeed News tech reporter Ryan Mac declared, "The story here isn't really the potential data breach (which may affected hundreds of thousands) or that Google is shutting down Google+".

Google also said it would begin restricting the data it provides to outside developers.

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Smith also announced in the blog post that Google will be launching more granular Google Account permissions and tightening up security permissions accessible via its APIs.

A Google spokesperson said there were "significant challenges in creating and maintaining a successful Google+ that meets consumers' expectations". They identified that nearly 38 applications might have used this API. In fact, 90%of Google+ user sessions only last less than five seconds.

This shut down will come after a 10-month "wind-down" period, which ends next August.

"None of these thresholds were met in this instance", the firm said in its blog post.

The company said it'll focus its energy on using Google+ as an enterprise product within companies.

In addition to the sunsetting of Google+, Project Strobe brings in new, more granular controls over the data Android and Gmail users share with apps.

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