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Google shuts down Google+ following massive security flaw

Google exposed the data of hundreds thousands of Google+ users due to a faulty API, according to a report by The Wall Street Journal. As part of reparations, the company is permanently shutting down Google+.

The API in question, allowed developers access to the public data of the users who signed up to use the app that used that API. The bug in the API allowed the developers to not just access the private, non-public data of the users who signed up as well as people they are connected to.

Google found up to 438 apps that used this API and 496,951 users may have been affected by this…

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