Just weeks after Google announced that it closed Google + (Google Plus), revealing that it suffered a security vulnerability that affected 500,000 of its users, now again the tech giant is in the eye of the hurricane.
The social network has suffered another massive data leak, and Google has decided to close it four months earlier than originally planned. Google+ now stop working in April, instead of August 2019. In addition, API access (Application Programming Interface) of the network will also close within the next 90 days.
According to the company itself, the new vulnerability affected 52.5 million people and could have revealed to developers the personal details of Google+ users, such as name, gender, email address, occupation and age, including If your account was set to private. The applications were also able to access profile data that was not publicly shared, but only shared with a specific user.
"We created Google+ thinking about privacy and, therefore, we kept the API registration data for only two weeks," Google revealed in a blog post after the Wall Street Journal reported the failure. “That means we cannot confirm which users were affected by this error. However, we performed a detailed analysis during the two weeks prior to patching the error and, from that analysis, Google+ account profiles were potentially affected. Our analysis showed that up to 438 applications may have used this API. ”
Initially, Google made the decision to close Google+ in the next 10 months, citing the lack of user engagement. "The consumer version of Google+ currently has little use and commitment: 90 percent of Google+ user sessions are less than five seconds," said Google. Now, the now almost extinct social network see its end sooner than expected.