Google+ will shut down earlier than announced due to another API bug and possible data leak

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    It looks like the ill-fated social network by Google simply can't catch a breath. After they announced its closure in October due to a security breach, being reportedly patched in March but only publicly acknowledged months later, another bug in Google+'s API was found which could lead to a second data leak, exposing private user information to anyone with the right tools and know-how. The issue was fixed within a week of it being found and users were alerted via a blog post, which also states that no third party has taken advantage of it, while there currently is no evidence of app developers gaining access to data they weren't allowed to see:
    This discovery has also prompted Google to shut down the affected API in 90 days from now and Google+ for consumers four months earlier than expected, that is in April 2019 instead of August of the same year.
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  1. AsPika2219

    AsPika2219 Pikachu going beach!

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    RIP.... Google+ :(
     
  2. Illuminaticy

    Illuminaticy GBAtemp Fan

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    Thank God I never signed up for google +...Did anyone even really use it?
     
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  3. DKB

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    Yeah. About 5.
     
  4. KyleHyde

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    I only used it a handful of times. Shortly after that, everyone I knew at the time just forgot it was a thing and stopped using it for good. I wouldn't be surprised if another bug was found before the new end date arrives.
     
  5. Illuminaticy

    Illuminaticy GBAtemp Fan

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    4 were staff 1 was a Russian bot
     
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  6. RattletraPM
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    RattletraPM GBATemp's unofficial 蒸気イーブイ

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    Aside from a few dedicated communities, well, not many did. Breaches like this however are still pretty serious due to, you guessed it, Google trying to force Plus however they could (also remember when they've tried to make people use their real names?)
     
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  7. Ryccardo

    Ryccardo See you in Eiriel

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    Yes, the groups are pretty well done, and suprisingly popular for the most unsurprising subjects (computers and phones; especially android roms)

    (fun fact: I never was banned for any time from Miiverse despite some rather egregious posts, but people getting reported on G+ yaoi groups were the norm)

    Of course, with the forced integration at various times of YT, Picasa and Google Play betas, I bet a truckload of people "accidentally" used it ;)
     
  8. Bladexdsl

    Bladexdsl ZOMG my posts...it's over 9000!!!

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    good riddance it's annoying having this on youtube
     
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  9. Maluma

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    Sometimes I wish we could go back 10 years were the internet was still useful,but not to the extent that your whole life information was just waiting to get hacked away. Not a fan of the current technological climate.
     
  10. nando

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    oh no. my whole social life revolves around it.
     
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  11. UltraSUPRA

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    Russian bot?
     
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  13. Jayro

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    As long as the sites I use google to sign into still work, I could care less.
     
  14. ov3rkill

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    I see. They're still competing with facebook's data leak.
     
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  15. Minox

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    Almost looks like it was a great idea to refuse to create a G+ profile :')
     
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  16. Thunder Hawk

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    "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. In addition, we have also decided to accelerate the sunsetting of consumer Google+ from August 2019 to April 2019."

    Can someone find more API bugs so it can shut-down faster?
     
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  17. Localhorst86

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    Google was trying to force """encourage""" G+ usage on youtube for quite some time, iirc.
     
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  18. Plstic

    Plstic Guru Meditation Error

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    Pretty much. Mid 2000s was the sweet spot for the internet. Before all the social media BS.
     
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  19. Noctosphere

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    Back with kitty Zelda forever :D
    does that mean our gmail account wont be linked to our youtube account anymore?
     
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  20. CrossOut

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    I have never used google plus and it seems a lot of people didnt use it either haha. I recall it being forced on you via youtube but thats the only time i ever paid attention to it.

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    You know i have been wondering that to and i hope that is the case.
     
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