Since the new Facebook IM service launched there's been a huge spurt in the amount of instant-messenger spam the site has to deal with. And Facebook is recommending that users change passwords to help curb the threat.

As with every popular internet service, Facebook is a target for lots of spammers. Fortunately, according to Facebook spokesman Barry Schnitt, the company tries hard to prevent spam. Schnitt told us that "malicious actors are constantly attacking the site and what you see is actually a very small percentage of what is attempted".

Nick O'Neill at allfacebook noted the increase in IM spam coming over the new Facebook IM platform. It seems spammers are somehow gaining access to user accounts and sending IMs to everyone on their buddy lists.

Facebook recommends that affected users reset their passwords.

"We're aware of the IM spam and believe that only a small percentage of users have been affected," Schnitt told us. "We're working to update our security systems to minimise further impact."

Just like with litter, spam is everyone's responsibility. Facebook believes that "education is a key part of the solution" and would like users to check out the site's security page for more information on "recent threats".

Jordan Golson blogs for The Industry Standard

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