Tag: Google

Google Accelerates Google+ Shutdown After New Bug Discovered

The discovery of a new API bug in Google+ has led Google to hasten the shuttering of its consumer version of the social-networking platform, the tech giant said.

Google was already in the process of shutting down Google+ after a different API software bug in the platform, disclosed in October, left the company embroiled in a privacy scandal. However, the discovery of this newer bug – which impacts a whopping 52.5 million users – has now led the tech company to move up the timetable for discontinuing its platform.

Read more about the accelerated Google+ shutdown after the discovery of a bug affecting 52.5 million users, on Threatpost.

European consumer groups want regulators to act against Google tracking

Consumer agencies in the Netherlands, Poland and five other European Union countries asked privacy regulators to take action against Google for allegedly tracking the movements of millions of users in breach of the bloc’s new privacy law.

Google is already facing a lawsuit in the United States for allegedly tracking phone users regardless of privacy settings. The consumer groups, which included those in the Czech Republic, Greece, Norway, Slovenia and Sweden, filed complaints with their respective national data protection authorities, based on research by their Norwegian counterpart.

Read more about the complaints that could result in astronomical fines for Google under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) on Reuters.

Who Hijacked Google’s Web Traffic?

Google says it is investigating an unorthodox routing of internet traffic that on Monday sent traffic bound for its cloud services instead to internet service providers in Nigeria, Russia and China. The routing problems persisted for about two hours before they were fixed, says Alex Henthorn-Iwane, vice president of product marketing for the security company ThousandEyes.

The fact that it affected such a large swath of Google’s networks makes it unlikely the routing was simply an error, especially since it involved network providers within Russia and China, Henthorn-Iwane says. “It’s not a mistake,” Henthorn-Iwane says. “There’s nothing about this that suggests that this was a mistake.”

Read more about the Google Web traffic routing issues on BankInfoSecurity.

Will Google’s Titan security keys revolutionize account security?

Google’s Titan security keys are now available in the Google Store for businesses and individuals. If Google gets its way, the Titan keys, which come in USB and Bluetooth form factors, will be the new standard in two-factor account protection.

Authentication keys are nothing new, nor is the FIDO authentication framework that Google has built Titan around. What is new is a company as big as Google marketing and selling its own hardware key. With as large a market as Google has, the Titan could be the hardware key that finally replaces vulnerable two-factor authentication (2FA) methods.

Read more about Google’s Titan security keys, and learn how to get and use them for your organization, on TechRepublic.

Following Facebook and Twitter, Google Targets Iranian Influence Operation

In the wake of influence-campaign takedowns by Facebook and Twitter, Google has issued a report detailing its own efforts to root out foreign influence operatives allegedly tied to an Iranian state-run media broadcaster. The news comes as President Donald Trump appeared to tweet in opposition to the efforts of the tech behemoths to disrupt such campaigns.

As part of the influence operation allegedly tied to the Iranian government, Google disabled 39 YouTube channels that had 13,466 total US views on relevant videos; six blogs on Blogger and 13 Google+ accounts, according to Kent Walker, senior vice president of global affairs.

Read more about Google’s efforts to root out foreign influence operatives allegedly tied to the Iranian government, on Threatpost.

Google location tracking continues even when turned off

Turning off Google location tracking may not be as simple as changing one setting to “off,” according to new research.

An AP investigation found that even with Google location tracking turned off, certain apps will take a timestamped snapshot of the user’s location and store that data when the user performs a search, opens Google Maps, or checks the weather.The unexpected Google location tracking behavior on Android and iOS devices has been confirmed by computer science researchers at Princeton University.

Read more about how it is possible for Google to track your movements even when location tracking is turned off, on TechTarget.

Google Not Facebook Collects More Data On Users

Facebook may be getting all the backlash thanks to its data scandal but it turns out Internet users should be more concerned about the data Alphabet’s Google is amassing on them.

That’s according to the Wall Street Journal, which pointed out that in terms of collecting consumers’ private data Google is much more of threat based on the volume of data it gathers, its ability to track Internet users and the time spent on Google Internet properties.

Read how Google and not Facebook collects more user data on Investopedia.

Google Paid Out Nearly $3 Million to Security Researchers in 2017

Tech giant Google paid out almost $3 million to security researchers in 2017 as rewards for the vulnerabilities they found in its products and services. Around $1.1 million each was paid for bug reports specific to Google and Android products while Chrome awards accounted for the rest of the Vulnerability Reward Program.

Read about the Google Bug Bounty payouts on eWeek.

New Google study reveals the massive extent of online account hijacking

Even as web giants such as Google Inc. implement increasingly sophisticated security safeguards to protect their users, account hijacking remains a major threat. In a bid to shed more light on the issue, the company on Thursday released a landmark study that breaks down hacker activity by the numbers.

Read about the new research by Google which reveals that phishing and data breach remain the top forms of pilfering consumer’s confidential information on Silicon Angle.

Google Advanced Protection Aims To Safeguard Those Most At Risk From Targeted Attacks

Google has announced a new program for those who are most vulnerable to targeted attacks on via its services. Google says that the Advanced Protection Program is aimed directly at journalists, business leaders, and political campaign teams.

Read about the Google’s Advanced Protection which aims to protect those who are most at risk from targeted cyber attacks on Hot Hardware.