Facebook To Notify Users Of Potential Nation-State Attacks


It seems that not a day goes by without hearing news about a service, website, or agency being hacked. Everyone should care about their account security, but not everyone has the know-how, have their accounts set up with two-factor authentication, or other more secure login measures. Facebook has announced that starting today, the social network will notify you if it believes your Facebook account has been targeted or compromised by an attacker suspected of working on behalf of a nation-state.

While this is a great step forward, most users will never see this message as it is pretty unlikely that most people are under the watchful eye of any nation on the planet. But there is definitely fear and concern by a lot of individuals when it comes to government spying or backdoors on websites and social media, so at the least this may allay some of those concerns. Facebook has taken steps in the past to secure accounts it believes have been compromised, and of course turning on Login Approvals for Facebook is highly recommended to help keep your account secure.

“…we decided to show this additional warning if we have a strong suspicion that an attack could be government-sponsored. We do this because these types of attacks tend to be more advanced and dangerous than others, and we strongly encourage affected people to take the actions necessary to secure all of their online accounts.”

Facebook won’t be divulging how it can attribute certain attacks to hackers from nation-states, and will only provide this warning “only in situations where the evidence strongly supports our conclusion.”

What do you think about this recent security warning notification from Facebook? Let us know in the comments below, or on Google+, Twitter, or Facebook.

  Source: Facebook
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