Social networking site Facebook has revealed that it has to fend off around 600,000 security attacks from hackers every day.
Out of more than a one billion daily logins, the site estimates that around six per cent are fraudulent, according to the Daily Telegraph.
Facebook revealed the shocking numbers in blog post announcing a series of new security measures they intend to implement in the next couple of weeks.
Company spokesman Barry Schnitt admitted: “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. This is something we’re very proud of.”
Hackers use the popular site as a way in which to steal information, such as email addresses and telephone numbers, spread viruses and sell counterfeit goods.
However, some of the hacking is not done by organised bands of criminals, it’s conducted by teenagers eager to break into accounts to steal photos and other items as well as cause trouble by spreading malicious messages.