Thousands of attempts to hack Facebook accounts daily

By Posted 31 Oct 2011, 10:30

Because of the size of Facebook it’s not surprising there are many criminals trying to take advantage of the millions of users the site has. We have often reported here on Product Reviews various attempts to try and get users to part with sensitive information via scams. Now we can tell you that there are thousands of attempts to hack Facebook accounts daily.

Out of over a billion logins to the site daily around 600,000 are hackers trying to get into users accounts to get at personal information according to Facebook. The Telegraph is reporting that this is the first time that Facebook has revealed such information.

The social networking site took to its Facebook blog to announce a couple of new security measures that are being rolled out across the site in the coming weeks. But security experts have voiced concerns over the figures, and stated that users need to be more careful when picking their passwords and accepting offers that is supposed to be from friends.

If a hacker gains control of a users Facebook account they can easily post images and send messages, as well as access to all of their private information. Hackers do this so they can easily spread scams in an attempt to sell counterfeit goods and to gain financial benefit.

Graham Cluley of Sophos said it was getting easier for hackers to get into users Facebook accounts as many were using the same passwords for all of their online accounts. Many younger users are hacking into their rival’s accounts to post malicious messages.

There are a growing number of users being tricked into sharing details on fake sites, which is a practice called phishing. Out of the 600,000 attempts daily not all of them are successful as Facebook can sometimes block them using location technology.

Two new features are on route for the site that include Trusted Friends, which will allow users to nominate up to five friends to be sent login codes if a user is locked out of their account if a hacker manages to change a password.

Third party services such as Spotify will get their own passwords so users don’t have to use the same ones as their Facebook login. Do you know any one that has been the victim of hackers on Facebook?

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