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A flaw in Google Drive may have leaked your private documents

A flaw in Google Drive may have leaked your private documents
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Cloud computing is a marketing term. It actually means that your information is stored somewhere in an air-conditioned server farm.

That's what makes information security so important, and also why Google Drive's latest security leak is so dangerous.

A flaw in how Google Drive tracks embedded hyperlinks could give unauthorized strangers access to your online storage. The company claims that the flaw only affected a "small subset" of users who meet the following conditions.

  • The file was uploaded to Google Drive
  • The file was not converted to Docs, Sheets or Slides (i.e. remained in its original format such as .pdf, .docx, etc.)
  • The owner changed sharing settings so that the document was available to "Anyone with the link"
  • The file contained hyperlinks to third-party HTTPS websites in its content.

Also interesting is how Google ended up identifying the security flaw. The company offers hackers bounties of up to $20,000 for identifying flaws in their system. Someone just made a cool $20,000.

I have to reiterate, though, please don't leave any personal information in the "cloud." The cloud is connected to the Internet. With enough time, hackers can break into any location on the Internet. No marketing terms can change that very basic fact.

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