Google+ is a popular social network and has a large number of accounts that are linked to malicious software.
The number of malicious accounts that Google+ has generated has grown by more than 50% in the past year, according to a new report from cybersecurity firm Symantec.
Google+ accounts are one-quarter of all accounts that have been identified by security firms in the last five years, according the research, which is published on the Symantech Blog.
The company has said it has worked hard to ensure that Google has an effective firewall to protect its users and has removed over 6,500 accounts in the year ending March 2018.
Google said that while it was unable to provide a detailed breakdown of how many accounts Google+ had, the majority of the accounts were in countries where the company was unable or unwilling to remove malicious software from the platform.
Google+ users in China and India accounted for the largest share of the malicious accounts, the firm found.
“Our research showed that Google is vulnerable to some of the most pervasive and sophisticated cybercrime threats, and the number of account holders who were targeted by the most dangerous accounts is growing,” the company said in a statement.
“These accounts are a prime target for hackers, who want to steal your personal data and disrupt your online experience.
Our goal is to identify the most prolific and active account holders, so we can improve our security efforts in the coming months.”
Google has been accused of making the company more vulnerable to cybercriminals, by allowing them to abuse its service and allow them to monetise their accounts by selling ads.
Google has also been accused by the US Senate of being too slow to take action against the proliferation of accounts in China.
Google’s security team said that the growth of Google+ account holders in China had come as a result of “a series of policy and operational changes that we have made in recent years”.
It added that these included the implementation of a new algorithm to better weed out malicious accounts from Google+ and the removal of an account that had been flagged as a high-risk account by Symantek.