Google+ shutdown accelerated due to API bug that affected 52.5M users

Google announced that it is going to shuttering the Google+ in 2019, when it came under inspection in the month of October by this year. The industry giant revealed that a bug in the Google API or (application programming interface) exposed data of 500,000 users. Now, a new report released by Google claims that the data exposure touched around 52.5 million Google+ users.

Due to this increasing number of users data exposures, the initial plans of discarding the Google+ in August 2019 changed and the platform is now shout down in the month of April 2019.

Data breach did not include the sensitive data

According to Wall Street Journal sources, “Because of the API bug, developers could collect the profile data of their users’ friends even if the data was explicitly marked nonpublic in Google’s privacy settings”.  The ranges of the exposed profile data included:

  • Full names,
  • email addresses,
  • birth dates,
  • gender,
  • profile photos,
  • places lived,
  • occupations,
  • And relationship status.

Good news is that no any passwords or credential details were given access to, according to Google:

“The bug did not give developers access to information such as financial data, national identification numbers, passwords, or similar data typically used for fraud or identity theft.”

Security flaws related data breaches are common

T-mobile also had been faced the same problems where the security flaws left sensitive information unprotected and accessible to random individuals. The API is used to expose the personal data of numerous T-mobile users.

Thus, you can and should prevent hackers from entering your online accounts. For this you need to provide as less sensitive data as possible.  The sensitive data include passwords, credentials, residence address, phone number etc. Also, make strong passwords which are combination of numbers, symbols and letters. Also, choose the two-factor authentication option.