Bad week for Google

Google’s Chrome browser went to version 16 as it released an update to fix fifteen [!!!] vulnerabilities in the browser. Some were found in Google’s pay for vulnerability finding scheme [totalling $6000]. If you compare, Internet Explorer’s last update this week [first one in 2 months] fixed 3 issues. While at it, version 16? They’ll be at version 50 within 5 years at the current rate.
Meanwhile, researchers examined Google Wallet and found a lot of customer information stored in plain text on mobile devices, making users vulnerable to social engineering attacks if malicious attackers gained access to the data. Users can be at risk for financial or identity theft because some sensitive information is stored unencrypted, according to researchers from ViaForensics. The service brings mobile payments to Android devices.
As well, Google+, Google’s answer to Facebook is slowing down in the number of new users – reaching 40 million recently. At the current rate, it could take 20 years to catch up to Facebook – assuming Facebook states near the current level of 800 million users.
Google has pulled more than 20 malicious applications from the Android Market, bringing the total number of apps removed this year to over 100. The malware that was bundled with the removed apps has been dubbed “RuFraud.” It sends text messages to premium rate phone numbers, incurring charges for users and accruing profits for those who reap the revenue of the numbers. The malware seems to affect users in several European countries as well as in Asia.
Finally, Google seems to have a small PR issue on hand. It seems that a father set up a Gmail account for his daughter a few years back. Recently, his daughter was granted access to Google+. But recently, Google not only killed off her Google+ access but also her Email. Why? She was under a certain age and thereby breaking the terms of services (TOS) for Google+.
Google let her in without checking her age but then revoking her access to anything from Google completely. As well, who actually reads the TOS? [Probably the same number of people who read license agreements for software or warranty information in an electronics product.]

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