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What the Google+ security flaw and expedited shutdown means for enterprise users


On Monday, Google revealed a second bug in Google+ APIs that could have been used by malicious actors to harvest the private data of over 50 million users. Though the bug was discovered as part of internal testing and was not used by any third party, according to a Google spokesperson, this has prompted the company to accelerate the shutdown of the consumer version of Google+ from August 2019 to April 2019.

According to the incident report, "apps that requested permission to view profile information that a user had added to their Google+ profile—like their name, email address, occupation, age (full list here)—were granted permission to view profile information about that user even when set to not-public." This does not include financial data that could be used for identity theft, according to Google.

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As a result of this bug being identified, Google+ APIs will be sunsetted in 90 days, with...(continued)

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