New Google+ Breach Will Lead to Early Service ShutdownNew Google+ Breach Will Lead to Early Service Shutdown
A breach affecting more than 52 million users was patched, but not before leading to the company rethinking the future of the service.
December 11, 2018
As vulnerabilities go, it was the best sort: found by internal testing before it led to a security breach. Nevertheless, the latest Google+ software vulnerability was enough to push forward shutting down the service: Google now says it will be shuttered by April 2019 rather than the originally planned August 2019.
According to Google, the vulnerability in a Google+ API affecting some 52.5 million users would have allowed applications with permission to view public data to view some private data, as well. In a blog post, the company said that it had no data indicating that any third party had seen unauthorized data but that the problem is leading to all Google+ APIs being "subsetted" within the next 90 days.
Google says that it will have information on how current Google+ users and developers can migrate apps and data in the coming weeks.
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