Google Plus user information stolen by hackers
Name, email address and occupation are the data fields that Google mentioned in the announcement.
A new bug discovered in Gmail affects the web app’s user experience by hiding the source address of an email, a situation that comes with an obvious potential for abuse.
Tampering with the ‘From:’ header by replacing some text with an <object>, <script> or <img> tag causes the interface to show a blank space instead of the sender’s address.
“Without the sender information there this looks completely legitimate and a well-educated user could easily be suckered into compromising their own account,” the developer explains.
Google has just announced that that it will close down Google Plus for the public. Although Google gave its reasons for this closure, there are other reports circulating all over the internet about the real reason for this sudden closure. Reports suggest that a Google bug exposed the personal information of hundreds of thousands of its users.
Information on the latest Google bug
As Google announced the closure of Google Plus, it also accepted that a bug has affected its social media service. Google identified this bug during a security audit of its social media platform.
This bug allegedly attacked Google’s social media platform and stole information of up to 500000 users. The information compromised by the bug included users’ usernames, gender, email ID, age, and occupation. Though the information was vulnerable, Google claimed that there was no indication whether the user information was abused by anyone in any way.
Google also said that the Google bug was not the primary reason for closing its social media platform. It said that Google Plus was being closed because it had a very low usage. This is contrary to Google’s earlier plans where Google aimed at continuing its social media program despite a very low share in the social media market.
A rare mishap
Google bug is one rare mishap in its illustrious history over the internet. Google platform is considered one of the safest platforms for a wide range of services. However, the recent Google bug is an indication that even the safest of platforms are not foolproof. The recent privacy threats to public privacy on social media platforms included some of the biggest names like Facebook and Twitter.
Google chose to hide the Google bug
But there is a surprising difference in the way Google tackled this glitch. It chose to remain silent and do to not disclose it to the public. Obviously, the intent was to save itself from the public backlash, but such events don’t remain uncovered for long and so it happened. As soon as the Wall Street Journal published the report about Google bug, Google had to uncover the events that actually happened.
So far, there has been no indication from the government authorities on any action regarding the Google bug. However, the market saw some considerable changes, the stocks of Alphabet Company fell by 2% since the news broke.
Apart from closing down Google Plus, Google announced that it will incorporate new security and privacy features; to avoid any future Google bug.