Google announced that it is shutting down its Google+ social network because a recently discovered bug that had exposed data from up to 500,000 Google+ users since 2015.
The decision comes to reduce tensions regarding data breaches like Facebook have lately encountered damaged the healthy profit.
The vulnerability in Google+ affected one of the service’s programming interfaces for third-party developers. Google says that the bug exposed data like usernames, email addresses, occupations, genders, and ages. The flaw was investigated internally and was not disclosed until the Wall Street Journal report effectively forced them to.
Remember everything can be hacked. In order to stay away from any threats related to the cyber world, we recommend the install of antivirus for Windows or antivirus for Mac on every device that you own, depending on which OS your device is running. If you are a company, it is also recommended to hire every year a specialized cybersecurity company that will run annual tests on your company’s network. These tests include penetration testing and ethical hacking tests;
Ben Smith, Google’s vice president declared “Our Privacy & Data Protection Office reviewed this issue, looking at the type of data involved, whether we could accurately identify the users to inform, whether there was any evidence of misuse, and whether there were any actions a developer or user could take in response. None of these thresholds were met in this instance.”
Except this big decision to shut down Google+, Google will now limit the degree to which mobile apps can access an Android user’s Call Log and SMS permissions. The company is also ending developers’ ability to pull “contact interaction” data from the Android Contacts API.
Google further announced that all third-party applications—including mobile apps—that access sensitive Gmail APIs will need to submit to a thorough review as part of the expanded protections.
Given the high profile of the Google+ incident, it may become a test-case for how Google and other companies might act in similar situations in the future.
We would continue to monitor this cybersecurity problem. Meanwhile, users should keep a keen eye out for any cyber attacks. Remember to use an antivirus for Windows or antivirus for Mac in every device that you own, depending on which OS your machine is running, If you are a company we recommend to hire every year a specialized cybersecurity company that will run annual tests on your company’s network, tests like this include: penetration testing and ethical hacking.