Inside Facebook security, and how to better protect your account

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

Facebook’s Nick Bilogorskiy kicked off proceedings at the Virus Bulletin 2010 conference in Vancouver this morning, giving the social network’s view on the scale of the cybercrime problem.

Bilogorskiy, who heads up the anti-malware team at the social networking giant, revealed some jaw-dropping statistics and fascinating facts:

  • 23 billion minutes are spent each day by people on Facebook.
  • Is email dead? Only 11% of teens use email daily to communicate with their friends – preferring IM, social networks and SMS texting instead. No surprise then that we’ve seen such a rise in the number of reports of attacks via sites like Facebook.
  • And, perhaps most pertinently to the readers of this blog, the authors of the Koobface worm made on average $35,000 per week through their botnet during 2009. That’s $1.8 million per year. Furthermore, Bilogorskiy says he knows…

Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.

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