Google Aware Of Large-Scale Data Breach But Chose Not To Disclose It

Posted October 10, 2018

Google+ was heavily promoted after its 2011 launch, in the hope of overtaking Facebook in the early days of social media.

However, Google says that there is no evidence that any third-party developers were aware of the bug or abused it. But those apps look downright buoyant compared with Google's own confessed numbers for Google+.

Google's excuse is that it found no evidence of any of the data being misused, however, it also has no way of being sure of that.

The Wall Street Journal, citing anonymous individuals, reports that Google deliberately avoided disclosing the problem at the time, in part to avoid drawing regulatory scrutiny.

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Facebooks' breakdown exposed the personal information of as many as 87 million of its users to Cambridge Analytica, a data-mining firm affiliated with President Donald Trump's 2016 campaign. The issue reportedly affected users on the site between 2015 and March 2018. This bug could allow a user's installed apps to utilize the API and access non-public information belonging to that user's friends.

Google made the announcement in a blog post after the Wall Street Journal broke news of the vulnerability.

It also announced other security features.

To crack down on potential misuse data, Google will only allow third-party Gmail apps that directly involve email functionality, such as email clients, backup services, mail-merge services, and expense tracking. Well, this is a major security flaw that brought users personal data to risk. Users have to provide "explicit permission" in order for them to gain access to it.

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Google+ will shut down for consumers at the end of next August, giving users time to download or transfer their data.

Such apps include email clients, backup and productivity services, Smith said.

It seems Google agrees. Google CEO Sundar Pichai was allegedly briefed on the company's plan not to notify users about the bug. They were not able to confirm which users were impacted by this but from detailed analysis, they found out that upto 500,000 Google+ accounts were potentially affected.

"I think Google does have a public relationship issue and this now makes their lack of openness even worse", Ivan Feinseth, an analyst at Tigress Financial Partners said.

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Google has admitted that adoption of the its social network and subsequent user engagement has been low, with 90% of Google+ user sessions lasting for less than five seconds.