Two months ago, Google stated that they discovered a software glitch that exposed Google Plus user information of up to 500,000 customers between 2015 and 2018. After the “bug” was fixed, investigations did not show any signs of misuse by any of the third-party developers that may have had access to the user data.
At the time, Google executives did not want to disclose the issue because they feared intense criticism and backlash after the Facebook privacy breach. Additionally, Google announced they would shut down Google Plus in August 2019.
Monday, Google discovered yet another security problem that affected 52.3 million users!
A “bug” was found in a software update introduced in November that affected the Google Plus API. User names, email addresses, occupations and ages were visible during the six day glitch. Again, no evidence showed any signs of misuse by any of the third-party developers that had access to profile data.
After the “bug” was fixed, they announced that the Google Plus shut down will be expedited to April 2019.
To read the full statement from Google, go here