Google+ gets the ax after exposing users’ private info

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You get extra points if you remembered that Google+ was still a thing.
You get extra points if you remembered that Google+ was still a thing.
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Google took a one-two punch to the chin today by having to admit its once-ballyhooed Facebook competitor is a dud. There’s so little interest in Google+ that it’s being killed off.

That would normally be bad enough, but the shutdown isn’t just because of lack of interest. A bug in Google+ exposed the personal information of users, something Google didn’t mention for a half a year.

AT&T admits to insider breach of personal information

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AT&T customer information was illegally accessed by one of its own employees.

AT&T has a confirmed that it suffered a data breach back in August, carried out by one of its own employees.

The now-former employee accessed personal information relating to an unspecified number of users (thought to be in the region of 1,600), such as their Social Security and driver’s licence info, along with customer metadata — including time, duration and destination of phone calls.

Massive LinkedIn Security Breach Leads To 6.5 Million Stolen Passwords

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Massive data breach exposes 6.5 million LinkedIn passwords
Massive data breach exposes 6.5 million LinkedIn passwords

Professional social network giant LinkedIn has acknowledged that it is looking into a massive data breach. As a result of the breach as many as 6.5 million user accounts may have been compromised. Account data including login information and passwords have been leaked and posted to a Russian hacker site. Although LinkedIn hasn’t confirmed the breach or detailed which accounts might have been impacted, the fact that the company is acknowledging the potential threat and investigating it is a big cause for concern.

At this time, it’s better to err on the side of caution.

If you use LinkedIn, you should consider that your account data has been compromised and change your password immediately.