Facebook detects a whopping 230 million malicious web attacks and 600,000 stolen or possibly compromised account log-ins every day, according to a new report on the company's security systems.
The Facebook Security Report said that stolen accounts are accessed at an average of roughly 600,000 a day, accounting for .06 per cent of all log-in activity.
The site claims to detect and block 250,000 to 600,000 malicious or fraudulent user accounts. The credentials used in the attempts are largely believed to have been gathered from outside sources such as email accounts and phishing operations.
"Compromised in this sense refers to log-ins where we are not absolutely confident that the account's true owner is accessing the account, and we either preemptively or retroactively block access," a Facebook spokesperson told V3.
"We are being preventative and helping make sure people secure their account even if they aren't actually compromised on Facebook."
The social networking firm scans roughly one trillion links a day, the spokesperson said, and blocks an average of 220 million clicks on malicious links.
Facebook is also introducing new security features. Subscribers will be able to set separate unique passwords for third-party applications, and designate 'trusted friends' who can receive a set of recovery codes if an account has been compromised and the password reset.
However, Sophos senior technology consultant Graham Cluley warned that the recovery system could be tampered with by disgruntled 'trusted friends' or the attackers themselves.
"If a bad guy has taken over your Facebook and email account, isn't it likely that he will also change who your trusted friends are at the same time? Wouldn't that make the whole security measure kind of pointless?" he said in a blog post.
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