Google Accelerates Plans To Kill Google

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We have confirmed that the bug impacted approximately 52.5 million users in connection with a Google+ API.

A full list of the profile data an attacker could have gained access to can be found here, and included information such as name, email address, occupation, age, skills, birthday, nickname, and more. Back in October, the company disclosed that it had discovered and patched a bug that allowed application developers to access personal data earlier this year. It is also poised to come up when Google CEO Sundar Pichai testifies before Congress on Tuesday.

The disclosure comes two months after Google revealed another security vulnerability affecting the social network.

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As a result, and with maintaining the social network for a stagnant number of users an increasing headache, Google opted to instead shut down Google+ on the consumer side.

In a new blog post, Google said it will shutter the platform within the next 90 days after discovering a second bug briefly allowed app developers to view the personal data of about 52.5 million users.

Google+ is closing down several months earlier than previously announced.

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Google said it encountered the bug as part of its "standard and ongoing testing procedures" and fixed it within a week of its discovery.

"With the discovery of this new bug, we have made a decision to expedite the shut-down of all Google+ APIs; this will occur within the next 90 days", Google announced.

Google revealed today a second bug in the Google+ API that could have been abused to steal the private data of almost 52.5 million users.

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Thacker also says user security is the company's top priority, more so than the inconvenience to developers: "We understand that our ability to build reliable products that protect your data drives user trust..." Google also said its systems were not compromised and had no evidence that developers with profile information access were either aware of it or abused it. "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".

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