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Google to Speed up Shutdown of Google+ After Data Breach

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WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - Google will shut down its Google+ service application programming interfaces (APIs) within 90 days after the discovery of another bug that compromised users' data, the company announced in a blog post.

"We’ve recently determined that some users were impacted by a software update introduced in November that contained a bug affecting a Google+ API," Google announced on Monday. "With the discovery of this new bug, we have decided to expedite the shut-down of all Google+ APIs; this will occur within the next 90 days."

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The company said it would also speed up the shutdown of the entire Google+ social media platform, which it will now close by April 2019 instead of August 2019 as previously announced, the release said.

The company said it discovered the bug as part of its standard and ongoing testing procedures and fixed it within a week of it being introduced. No third party compromised the systems, and there is no evidence that the app developers that inadvertently had this access for six days were aware of it or misused it in any way, it added.

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About 52.5 million users of Google+API products were affected, exposing profile information such as names, email addresses and ages, the release said.

The announcement marks the second vulnerability that Google has uncovered in its Plus platform after the company admitted in October that a flaw had exposed the private information of around 500,000 users.

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