Google Shuts Down Google

  • Google Shuts Down Google

Google Shuts Down Google

A Google+ security breach gave outside developers access to the private data of hundreds of thousands of the social network's users between 2015 and March 2018, according to a Wall Street Journal report. "The consumer version of Google+ now has low usage and engagement: 90 percent of Google+ user sessions are less than five seconds", the company said in a statement.

"None of these thresholds were met here", they said.

Details of the flaw were released not by Google, however, but by the Wall Street Journal, which cites anonymous sources plus leaked internal documentation as providing proof that Google knew about the issue but actively chose to hide it from users. Google further stated that there was "no evidence" that the 438 developers that had access to the bug were aware of it or used it to access users personal info.

CBSNews.com sibling website CNET noted on Monday that after Google announced the social network's shutdown, even people who helped launch the product said the time had come to end it. However, the firm "found no evidence that any Profile data was misused".

Smith said that when users grant permissions to access SMS, Contacts and Phone data to apps, they do so with specific use cases in mind, again indicating that the present policies have given developers overly broad access to people's information. Today, after over 7 years of existence, Google is shutting down Google+ for good-although its low user base surprisingly wasn't the main factor behind this decision.

A Google Australia spokesperson was unable to say how many local users were affected by the flaw, saying: "Every year, we send millions of notifications to users about privacy and security bugs and issues". Google declined to comment beyond its blog post.

In response to the breach, Google is shutting down all consumer functionality of Google+. Google has sold an estimated 7 million Pixels over the past two years, nearly imperceptible next to the 3.6 billion phones shipped during that time, according to the research firm International Data Corp. The bug was found by Google, an Alphabet Inc. subsidiary, during an internal audit, called Project Strobe. However, Google claims that this vulnerability went unnoticed and apparently no third-party was able to exploit the vulnerability to access user date.