As it turns out, the corporation has been hiding the Google+ vulnerability for years. This led to the fact that from 2015 to 2018, hackers could collect information about users of the social network, such as name, gender, age, email address, etc., even from profiles hidden from prying eyes. Moreover, the media report that Google knew about the vulnerability, but did not want to admit it in order to avoid problems with regulators. As a result, the company had to admit that there was a vulnerability, and it could lead to data leakage of 500 thousand users.
After a while, Google announced another security breach that affected 52.5 million users. But the problem was quickly eliminated.
In October 2018, a class action lawsuit was filed against Google over a leak. Initially, only a few people signed up, but as a result, the number of plaintiffs increased to 1.72 million. All of them are Google+ account holders who have suffered or may have suffered from Google’s negligence.
Last year, the company agreed to pay compensation in the amount of $ 7.5 million, and now the money has begun to flow into the accounts. True, ordinary users received pennies – only $ 2.15 each.