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Bug Affected 52.5 Million Users in Connection with a Google+ API

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A bug connected to a Google+ API potentially exposed the profile information belonging to 52.5 million users of Google’s social network.

According to David Thacker, VP of Product Management for G Suite, a software update in November introduced the weakness. This bug enabled apps that requested visibility of 52.5 million Google+ users’ name, email address, occupation, age and other profile information to view their profile details even when set to not-public. It also gave these apps access to profile data which another Google+ user had privately shared with the consenting user.

Google’s team looked into the issue and determined that it had not exposed users’ financial data, passwords or other information which could be abused for identity theft. They also found no evidence of a third party having compromised Google’s systems or of a developer having misused the access.

Thacker said that the team fixed the issue within a week of its discovery and began notifying affected...(continued)

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