Google Plus Is So Full Of Breaches It's Being Shut Down For Good
What's that Google? Another security flaw after the one in October that exposed the private information of 500,000 users? It turns out that Google is shutting down its own social network, Google Plus, sooner than expected after the latest security issue was found to have affected 52.5 million users.
Isn't Google the company promising privacy and internet access for the whole world simultaneously? The company's social media platform received its official seal of doom in early October when Google first revealed a "security bug" exposed the account information of half a million of its users. This private information included names, emails, and occupations, this prompted a plan to shut down Google Plus by August 2019.
The massive company released a new blog post Monday where Google wrote that it discovered a second bug that allowed not just the half a million users' data get breached, but a whopping 52.5 million users' data was viewable by developers. This is a massive lapse in security and a huge lack of oversight for a bug of this magnitude to occur. There is really no excuse for this type of leak other than hiring people who are unqualified for the job to meet diversity quotas.
The blog revealed that EVEN IF the user put their information to private, it was still exposed using Google's application programming interfaces, or APIs. The exposure occurred during a six-day period before it was noticed and corrected. Google insists the bug didn't give anyone access to users' financial data or passwords and that it didn't find evidence that any of the private profile information was misused, or even accessed.
Google is adamant that it does not give third-party apps access to users' financial information but they've also been adamant their platform was secure in the past as well, and now we all know it is not. The Wall Street Journal reported that Google didn't disclose the breach for months because it feared repercussions from regulatory authorities and damage to its reputation.
Let me say, hiding it only makes it damage your reputation further. The blog post from Google reads, "We understand that our ability to build reliable products that protect your data drives user trust. We have always taken this seriously, and we continue to invest in our privacy programs to refine internal privacy review processes, create powerful data controls, and engage with users, researchers, and policymakers to get their feedback and improve our programs."