Google Plus to shut down early after second security flaw revealed

Google+ will shut down in April instead of August after a new data vulnerability was found in its software

"We've recently determined that some users were impacted by a software update introduced in November that contained a bug affecting a Google+ API", the company wrote. As with the earlier glitch, the data included users' names, email addresses, occupations and ages.

While Google assures that it believes that the developers actually didn't misuse this access since they weren't aware about it and the bug was fixed within a week, the company has still changed its initial plans. And now it seems the wind-down of Google+ is becoming equally as nettlesome as Google is now having to shut it down earlier than planned because of yet another data leak.

Google has found another bug in its Google+ social network that it says affects as many as 52.5 million users. It is also poised to come up when Google CEO Sundar Pichai testifies before Congress on Tuesday.

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"In addition, we have also chose to accelerate the sun-setting of consumer Google+ from August 2019 to April 2019". The company said it will be shutting down the service by August 2019 as a result, and it's now speeding things up after another new security flaw. The site will now shut down completely in April, rather than August, and access to the API network will be cut off in the next 90 days. During the time the bug was active, developers of apps that requested permission to view profile information that a user had added to their Google+ profile received permission to view profile information about that user even when the details were set to not-public.

Google said that it has started notifying users, who were impacted by this security bug and the investigation continues to see if this issue had any impact on other Google+ APIs.

While Google said it had no evidence either data leak was actively exploited, it has no way of assuring users that developers haven't accessed the profile data that was supposed to be non-public. 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.

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