A programmer or spammer can do a few genuine harm to your Facebook account — however shouldn’t something be said about the watchful eye of the government over your private messages?
Facebook said it will begin warning users if it detects a user’s account is being targeted or compromised by a nation-state or a state-sponsored actor.
“While we have always taken steps to secure accounts that we believe to have been compromised, we decided to show this additional warning if we have a strong suspicion that an attack could be government-sponsored,” Facebook’s Chief Security Officer Alex Stamos wrote in a blog post on Saturday.
“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.”
The security of people’s accounts is paramount at Facebook, which is why they constantly monitor for potentially malicious activity and offer many options to proactively secure your account.
Facebook will now notify you if they believe your account has been targeted or compromised by an attacker suspected of working on behalf of a nation-state.
At the point when Facebook has solid proof that a government is intruding with a user’s Facebook account, the company will send this notice:
Stamos added that Facebook likely won’t be able to provide any additional explanation as to why it suspects a users’s account has been targeted, but the message doesn’t mean Facebook as a whole has been compromised.
He also doesn’t single out any particular state or government in the blog post.
If you receive the message above, you should enable two-factor authentication, which is under Login Approvals on Facebook.
Stamos further suggests that users should “rebuild or replace” their computer system, as it’s likely to be infected by malware.
It’s important to understand that this warning is not related to any compromise of Facebook’s platform or systems, and that having an account compromised in this manner may indicate that your computer or mobile device has been infected with malware.
Ideally, people who see this message should take care to rebuild or replace these systems if possible.
To protect the integrity of our methods and processes, we often won’t be able to explain how we attribute certain attacks to suspected attackers.
That said, we plan to use this warning only in situations where the evidence strongly supports our conclusion.
We hope that these warnings will assist those people in need of protection, and we will continue to improve our ability to prevent and detect attacks of all kinds against people on Facebook.
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