Google Announces Google+ Data Breach, Shutdown Plan

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Google announced today plans to shut down its Google+ social media platform in August 2019, and that it patched a vulnerability in the service in March that potentially exposed Google+ user data. The company said the vulnerability exposed information saved in Google+, including users’ name, email, address, occupation, gender, and age. “We ran a detailed analysis over the two weeks prior to patching the bug, and from that analysis, the Profiles of up to 500,000 Google+ accounts were potentially affected,” the company stated in a blog post. Google claims it found no evidence of any abuse of the vulnerability and that none of the thresholds needed to inform users was met.