Facebook: 600K Logins 'Compromised' Every Day

Data revealed in new security announcement
By Mark Russell,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 29, 2011 6:57 AM CDT
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg smiles during the f/8 conference in San Francisco, Thursday, Sept. 22, 2011.   (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)

(Newser) – Facebook was hoping to impress with new security procedures unveiled this week, but a lot of people were more impressed with a stat buried in the announcement. In rolling out its "Trusted Friends" password restoration program, Facebook boasted in an infographic that "only 0.06 percent of 1 billion logins per day are compromised." Graham Cluley of Naked Security did the math: That's the equivalent of 600,000 logins per day.

Facebook puts a positive spin on it, notes MSNBC's Red Tape blog. "(This means) 600,000 times a day, we stop a bad guy from getting access to an account even though he has guessed, phished, or stolen the login and password of an account," said a spokesman. It's unclear how many attempts are successful, but "if an unauthorized party has logged into your Facebook account, then you're far from alone," writes Cluley. A CNET blogger thinks Facebook's critics are overstating the case.

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