Google has announced that its document writing tool Google Documents was secure even as Russian search engine Yandex discovered scores of files that appeared to be intended for private use.
For those uninitiated, the Russian Search had said in a statement that some users contacted the company to say that its public search engine was yielding what looked like personal Google Documents files, suggesting there may have been a data breach.
According to the Associated Press, Yandex spokesman Ilya Grabovsky indicated users were reporting that they were finding Google Docs files in arbitrary searches. The documents, which included an internal memo from a Russian bank, press summaries, and business plans, started flooding social media platforms in the country. The authenticity of the documents is so far unconfirmed.
“Yandex search only yields files that don't require logins or passwords,” Grabovsky said. However the veracity of those documents could not be independently confirmed.
Meanwhile, the Mountain View, California-based after a brief internal investigation shot back and in a statement declared that everything was running as normal. “Saving and protecting users’ personal data is our main priority,” the search giant said. “Google Documents is a highly protected tool for joint work and it is working correctly,” the company noted.