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Google+ will be shut down following security bug

Google+ will be shut down following security bug

The bug, discovered in March during an internal company review, could have allowed outside software developers - or people posing as outside developers - to learn the names, email addresses, occupations, genders and ages of Google+ users.

Google says it hasn't found any evidence that developers were aware of the bug, so it's unlikely that anyone abused it. Google said it immediately fixed the security flaw and had not uncovered evidence that the information was mishandled by any of hundreds of third-party developers that may have had access to the user data.

Writing in a blog post Monday, Google attempted to downplay the incident, saying it hasn't found any signs that the bug was exploited. If you use the service for work, though, Google+ is not going anywhere.

In a statement to BleepingComputer, a Google Spokesperson said that their Privacy & Data Protection Office felt it was not necessary to disclose as it did not meet the threshold that would warrant it. Google is also following from its limiting of Gmail scans by limiting which applications - namely, down to email apps - can do so. Google plans to change the way apps ask for permissions, giving Android users more control over which permissions they want to give.

Google today announced that it will shut down the consumer version of Google+ following the discovery of a bug that it opted to keep secret.

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The S-400 system, which is effective against aircraft as well as ballistic and cruise missiles, has a maximum range of 250 miles. In recent years, the US has also become a significant source, with purchases adding up to $15 billion over the past decade.

But it's not doing so exclusively out of concern for users' privacy: Smith admitted the network is not a success, saying "The consumer version of Google+ now has low usage and engagement: 90 percent of Google+ user sessions are less than five seconds".

According to The Wall Street Journal, the company didn't disclose to its customers the data breach for fear of damaging its reputation as well as facing a potential for a regulatory inquiry. Before patching it, Google ran an analysis and found that up to 500,000 Google+ accounts were affected.

Apps will be required to inform users what data they will have access to.

Saikali said it was possible that Google could face class action lawsuits over its decision not to disclose the breach. In addition, Google Account permissions dialog boxes will be split to show each requested permission, one at a time, within its own dialog box. Gmail add-on access will also be restricted to a small number of developers as part of the moves.


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