600,000 + Facebook Accounts Get Hacked Daily

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600,000 + Facebook Accounts Get Hacked Daily

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Percentage-wise, only a small amount of Facebook's user accounts are compromised. The raw numbers are still pretty staggering, though.

Odds are, either you or a friend have wound up on the wrong end of a hacked Facebook account. It turns out that this happens far more than you'd probably expect: New official statistics from the social network have revealed that more than 600,000 are hacked on a daily basis.

Now, according to the statistics, only 0.06% of the billion-plus account logins that happen every day are compromised. Or, as Sophos so helpfully points out:

Put another way, that's more than 600,000 per day - or, if you really like to make your mind melt, one every 140 milliseconds.

Additionally, Facebook's got a new security feature that will allow you to name "Trusted Friends" who can give you hand if you wind up needing help to access your account (read: someone else has hacked your account and locked you out). Basically, Facebook will send codes to your friends, who will be able to forward them on to you.

Additionally, Facebook is implementing App Passwords, which will let you use Facebook Apps without having to use the credentials tied to your Facebook account. It's certainly good to see that the company is working to increase its users' security.

If you're interested, you can snag the entire infographic from Facebook, courtesy of Sophos.

Source: Sophos

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0.06% a day is actually pretty good, but I'm still not gunna join. Hell I spend too much time here already.

You'd be surprised what HTTPS, strong password and a little caution can do for your safety. But I'm guessing almost 90% of hacks are related to a mistake on the user side of things.
Anyway, it's nice to see Facebook addressing privacy and security problems.

vansau:

Additionally, Facebook's got a new security feature that will allow you to name "Trusted Friends" who can give you hand if you wind up needing help to access your account (read: someone else has hacked your account and locked you out). Basically, Facebook will send codes to your friends, who will be able to forward them on to you.

I can't see any possible way that could go wrong.

I mean, your "Trusted Friends" would never utilise your account for their own gain.

And I'm betting most of these hacks are social engineering. Or entering "Password" as the password.

The_root_of_all_evil:

vansau:

Additionally, Facebook's got a new security feature that will allow you to name "Trusted Friends" who can give you hand if you wind up needing help to access your account (read: someone else has hacked your account and locked you out). Basically, Facebook will send codes to your friends, who will be able to forward them on to you.

I can't see any possible way that could go wrong.

I mean, your "Trusted Friends" would never utilise your account for their own gain.

That is why you wouldn't give a trusted status to random guy #43 who added you once because you played a game with him. You would only give it to someone you would say you actually trust in real life. A sibling or friend you know who wouldn't screw with you.

But as said above most hacks can be avoided by just actually having a good password and not (yourname)12345. Now excuse me while I go change my password.

Sounds okay to me, the majority that get hacked are silly little children and internet rookies who click and download the wrong stuff or have passwords that are about as simple to guess as 'what is my name'. At least in a study I looked at.

And lol Trusted friends, I don't even trust my family not to abuse that kind of power if I piss them off.

Oh and obviously use HTTPS mode. And don't play stupid Facebook games that you give info to.

Another reason I'm considering dumping the whole thing altogether. My friends will hate me for it but I've been less and less active on Facebook for about a year now. Friends are bothering me in real life to be on more.

Facebook isn't fun for me anymore.

Fiad:
A sibling or friend you know who wouldn't screw with you.

Yeah, if you ever find any of those, let me know ;)

Should probably change my password and set the computer i'm using to their "secure" browsing at some point.

Eh, who am i kidding, its facebook, I have my name and a picture on there, and the picture has a hat covering half my face.

The_root_of_all_evil:

Fiad:
A sibling or friend you know who wouldn't screw with you.

Yeah, if you ever find any of those, let me know ;)

Most people have one or two of those, you know. Maybe you should look out for them more.

OT: Someone once TRIED to login to my account from Houston. He or she failed, and tbh I have no idea what the fuck happened there.

I know a lot (read: half my friends list) of people who have been hacked/downloaded a trojan from facebook because they are idiots. "Hey! Is this you on this photo? www.totallylegit.com/you.jpg.exe"

SmashLovesTitanQuest:

The_root_of_all_evil:

Fiad:
A sibling or friend you know who wouldn't screw with you.

Yeah, if you ever find any of those, let me know ;)

Most people have one or two of those, you know. Maybe you should look out for them more.

Most people think they do. Then the alcohol/wedding/girl/boy/boredom comes along...

oh jeez, in comes the stubborn people

"MIR! THAT'S WHY I DON"T USE FACEBOOK ANYWAYS!"

*forever alone*

OT: mehh, don't be an idiot and use some of those retarded apps they have and dont make your password something incredibly easy and your basically good to go.

The_root_of_all_evil:

Fiad:
A sibling or friend you know who wouldn't screw with you.

Yeah, if you ever find any of those, let me know ;)

Have several, they screw with me at times, but know when to be serious.

You don't get to 500,000,000 friends without making a few enemies, right?

To my knowledge, I am using the secure "version" of FB which they used to forget to tell you about and I use a unique password from every other site. I think I'm as protected as I can be.

I don't see the point since I heard Facebook is planning to shut down here within a year, or is that still in the "rumor phase" of news?

My friend apparently knows how to hack accounts. I don't think he knows how to hack anything else, so I assume it's not the hardest thing to do. In any case, I've never believed facebook to be a particularly secure site. Still, nothing I can do to stop the hundreds of photos uploaded by other people of me. D:

Is that including fraping, or actual, proper hacking.

Right. Sophos, I want you to go back and this time, separate people who actually got hacked from people who lost their accounts because they fell for phishing or just had a stupid password. Because I don't believe for a second that that many accounts are legitimate hacked a day. If they were, Facebook would have even worse security than I original though AND I'd hate them even more for doing nothing about the problem (the trusted friends thing will not help STOP real hacking, it will just help you get your account back after the fact, and thus is not solving the problem).

And how many of those accounts are throw away ones? Just curious.

(logs on to facebook and changes password)

SilverUchiha:
I don't see the point since I heard Facebook is planning to shut down here within a year, or is that still in the "rumor phase" of news?

The only possible reason a profitable web site ever shuts down is when the threat of losing all of their money(and then some), is more likely than them continuing to make a profit.

The people who use Facebook aren't anything more than the product up for sale anyway.

So 220 million logins are hacked a year? That's quite a few.

gmaverick019:
oh jeez, in comes the stubborn people

"MIR! THAT'S WHY I DON"T USE FACEBOOK ANYWAYS!"

*forever alone*

OT: mehh, don't be an idiot and use some of those retarded apps they have and dont make your password something incredibly easy and your basically good to go.

....."Mir"?

OT: That statistic is pretty deceiving. It's like those statistics where they say "Someone is hit by a bus every six seconds worldwide" or something like that. Of course they do, there's a lot of buses and a LOT of people. Won't stop me from crossing the street.

i think facebook is pulling numbers out of thier ass, because 99% of wall posts in facebook IS SPAM.
its also true that over 90% of "hacking" isnt actually hacking but a stupid user giving his password to somone or making it easy to guess. you know the most popular password used to be "god" before they started making 8 character limits?

SilverUchiha:
I don't see the point since I heard Facebook is planning to shut down here within a year, or is that still in the "rumor phase" of news?

....Where on Earth did you hear that??

That's totally false by the way.

I've got it to the point of where it will text me if I try to log on from any computer other than my own.

Though this did get me to go online and delete a bunch of messages, and looking back at some of the shit I've said to people...

Damn, I sure was a tad bit foolish in my younger days. And wow, I was sure a sensitive guy back then. Makes me realize how important it is nowadays to just let shit slide early on.

Glad no one hacked my facebook profile.

SilverUchiha:
I don't see the point since I heard Facebook is planning to shut down here within a year, or is that still in the "rumor phase" of news?

Yes, it's also planning on charging a subscription fee, adding a dislike button, and planning on reverting back to the original design layout.

But only if you go and like the Facebook pages for them. Only a thousand more likes to go!!

The_root_of_all_evil:

SmashLovesTitanQuest:

The_root_of_all_evil:

Yeah, if you ever find any of those, let me know ;)

Most people have one or two of those, you know. Maybe you should look out for them more.

Most people think they do. Then the alcohol/wedding/girl/boy/boredom comes along...

They exist.

Maybe you just suck at gauging peoples motivation. That's the most common problem that breaks up those "unbreakable" friendsships, simply that one persons motivations either change or wasn't completely known to the other part. Most people don't really get that it's motivation that can make or break a friendship.

Example: Two girls who are best friends. Suddenly one gets a boyfriend, and she suddenly starts prioritizing the boyfriend above her friend, and her friend simply doesn't understand how she after all those years can prioritize her boyfriend over her best friend. That's the 101 example of misjudged motivation breaking up a friendship, and i have seen it happen.... several times (i have luckily also seen them make up again later). The reason i use girls in the example is that it's much more common for girls to misjudge motivations of other girls. Men are simply much transparent, and girls have more fluctuating motivations (and a higher love for creating drama), which is why this is most commonly a girls problem.

It's true that few persons are lucky to have such a friend (even luckier if they have more than one), but they exist.

Frozen Donkey Wheel2:

gmaverick019:
oh jeez, in comes the stubborn people

"MIR! THAT'S WHY I DON"T USE FACEBOOK ANYWAYS!"

*forever alone*

OT: mehh, don't be an idiot and use some of those retarded apps they have and dont make your password something incredibly easy and your basically good to go.

....."Mir"?

Perhaps something like the one at 00:25?

OT: Sucks, although a lot of those are more than probably people falling for some retarded trick.

So wait.. facebook is admitting to experiencing hundreds of thousands manual intrusions into their internal infrastructure daily?!?!?!

Oh, no, its referring to instances of unauthorized accesses that were obtained by individual failed security measures.

For the love of god, will people stop using the work Hack incorrectly? Forgetting to log yourself out and someone gaining access after you walk away is not hacking and really its getting quite tiresome to watch people irresponsibly attempt to co-opt a word because it sounds better than saying "600,000 people unknowingly yielded their security credentials for their facebook account to people with malicious intention aimed at gaining unauthorized levels of access to their mundane and irrelevant personal garbage."

Heres the difference. Think of just about any action tv trope youve ever seen. If someone knocks out a bad guy in the enemies base, and steals their keycard to use at a security door. Thats not hacking. When they go up to the locked door, remove an access panel somewhere adjacent to the door, and start rewiring or reprogramming the security door to force it open. THATS hacking.

Really.. Is it really that hard?

Am I really the only one who's eye halted at "can give you hand"? Regardless most "hacking" is just idiots clicking links without thinking. They deserve it, therefore I do not care. My account is entirely false details and pictures anyway (I just use it to keep up to date on a few bands/bars/stores etc). Also how screwed will you be if one of your trusted buddies who has influence over your account clicks that link? Compromises two accounts theoretically.

HA!
I'm too boring for anyone to want to hack into my account.
Boring people: 1
Interesting people: 0

still a lot of accounts being hacked but i dont have many friends anyway. most of them i know personally so i know they will will not misuse mine.
besides, i hardly update whats happening to me, so nothing interesting will come up anyway :P

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