After inadvertently giving app developers access to information of about 52.5 million Google+ users, Google recently announce it will shutdown its social network four months sooner than it had originally planned.
In October, Google said it was closing the consumer version of Google+ due to a vulnerability that left 500,000 accounts exposed from 2015 to March 2018.
The recent incident – which exposed user’s names, birth dates, email addresses, work histories and other information for a week in November – prompted the company to hasten the shutdown. Google officials said the data that was exposed in November was misused and the vulnerability did not expose passwords, financial information, ID numbers or other data used for identity theft.
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