Google closes Google+ social network after discovering a vulnerability
Personal data of half a million accounts have been exposed, according to the American firm.
Google has decided to close its Google+ social network for individuals. The reason ? The US firm announced Monday, October 8, to have discovered a flaw in this network having exposed personal data of half a million accounts. Following this flaw, and having found a great inactivity of the users, the giant of the internet has decided to close for individuals this social network which is automatically registered people with a gmail address.
The name of the owners of 500,000 accounts, their email address, their profession, their gender and their age are the main data that has been exposed, ensures Google on its site. User-posted data such as messages, Google account information, phone numbers could not be viewed or viewed, the Mountain View Group (California) adds, arguing that it could not identify with certainty the users affected by the fault, and their location.
In addition to half a million accounts, up to 438 applications are also affected by this flaw discovered during an internal audit.
Google claims that the app developers were unaware of the flaw and therefore did not use the exposed data: "We did not find evidence that the data was used inappropriately."
Google+, which boasts millions of users, is primarily used by professionals who are interested in specific topics and can view updates of their contacts via "circles". These are groups of contacts created by the user according to the criteria of his choice: interests, categories of customers, relationships, etc. and in which it is possible to decide what content will be shared.