Google closed Google+ due to a security breach in half a million accounts
The names of the owners of the accounts, their email address, their profession, their gender and their age are the main data that was exposed, said the company.
Google reported on Monday that in March it had found and corrected “immediately” a security flaw in its Google+ social network that exposed the personal data of half a million accounts.
After finding this flaw and after seeing a great inactivity of its users, the Internet giant decided to close for individuals this social network to which automatically subscribed the people who create a gmail address.
The names of the owners of the 500,000 accounts, their email address, their profession, their gender and their age are the main data that were exposed, says Google on its website.
The data published by the users, as well as messages, Google account information and phone numbers could not be seen or consulted, adds the Mountain View (California) group, arguing that the affected users could not be identified with certainty. for the fault, nor its location.
In addition to half a million accounts, up to 438 applications were also affected by this failure discovered during an internal audit.
Google also states that the application developers were unaware of the failure and, therefore, did not use the exposed data: “We have not found evidence that the data was used improperly.”
Google+ has millions of users and is used mainly by professionals who are interested in specific topics and can see the updates of their contacts through the “circles”.
Circles are groups of contacts created by the user according to the criteria of their choice: interests, categories of clients, relationships, etc., and within which it is possible to decide the content to be shared.