Google plus to shutdown. The company has finally concluded plans to shut down it’s ill-fated social network Google Plus
This is after major data breach which left data and personal information of over 500,000 users exposed.
This news comes in the wake of a previously undisclosed security flaw.
This flaw exposed the data of the profile of users.
The funny thing is Google rather chose to remain silent after the breach instead of publicly announcing it like Facebook did during it’s famous Cambridge Analytica scandal.
WSJ further implies that Google chose to do so due the obvious fear of “immediate regulatory interest.”
Before Google made it’s official announcement, The Wall Street Journal reported that that the leaked info contained name, gender, age, occupation, email address, and more. Privately listed data leaks occurred notwithstanding.
Surprisingly, Google says the social media app will be off by August 2019. However, it’ll continue to serve the businesses.
The bug in question remained active between 2015 and 2018, and Google discovered it in March this year; during this period, the flaw has already affected more than 500,000 users. However, Google claims to have no evidence that suggests that any external developer or app had access to the data.