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Alphabet Sued Over Execs’ Role in Hiding Google+ Breach

Jan. 22, 2019, 4:18 PM

Alphabet Inc. executives knew about and hid for months the Google+ breach that exposed the personal information of half a million people, a shareholder said in a Jan. 18 complaint.

Executives at the Google parent discovered the data breach in March 2018 and kept it secret until October, misleading investors and possibly violating a consent decree in the process, the shareholder derivative suit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California alleges.

The personal data of around 500,000 Google+ users who had opted out of sharing their information was publicly accessible for around three years thanks to...

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