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

12 Octubre, 2018, 11:44 | Author: Misty Newman
  • Google exposed personal data of almost 500,000 and didn't disclose it

According to the report, they had discovered and patched the leak in the month of March this year, and had no evidence of misuse of user data or that any developer was aware or had exploited the vulnerability. Explaining this bug, Google said, "With this API, users can grant access to their Profile data, and the public Profile information of their friends to Google+ apps".

Google announced on Monday that it is shutting down its Google+ (Google Plus) social network for consumers, apparently doing so as part of its response to serious allegations raised this morning by The Wall Street Journal.

The tech firm kept quiet for months about a security flaw that gave third-party apps access to private information on the Google+ social network.

This sounds like a fairly easy thing to fix, but Google apparently decided its little social media site that never quite made it wasn't worth the effort.

When Google+ launched in 2011, it was envisioned as a possible rival to Facebook, The Associated Press reported.

Call logs and SMS permissions will no longer be sent to developers, while contact interaction data won't be accessible via the Android Contacts API.

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Silhouettes of laptop and mobile device users are seen next to a screen projection of Google logo in this picture illustration taken March 28, 2018. "We chose to sunset the consumer version of Google+", the company said in the post.

This privacy breach, in addition to dwindling user numbers and engagement, has prompted the search giant to shutter the consumer side of Google+. Why did Google hide the security vulnerability? . It said 90 percent of Google+ user sessions last less than five seconds.

The flaw meant some Google profile information that users had thought was private, such as a person's email address, occupation, gender or age, could have been viewed by third parties, the company said in a post on a corporate blog.

A Google spokesperson cited "significant challenges in creating and maintaining a successful Google+ that meets consumers" expectations" along with "very low usage' as the reasons for the move.

Despite that, the company plans to keep Google+ operational as an enterprise product, allowing companies to use it as an internal communication platform for employees.

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