Facebook warns against government hacking attacks

Facebook warns against government hacking attacks
"The security of people's accounts is paramount at Facebook, which is why we constantly monitor for potentially malicious activity and offer many options to proactively secure your account. Starting today, we will notify you if we believe your account has been targeted or compromised by an attacker suspected of working on behalf of a nation-state.", writes Alex Stamos who is the Chief Security Officer at Facebook on the company blog.

When asked in comments:

"Does that include the NSA or other agencies affiliated with U.S. government?"

Facebook answers:

"This feature is not specific to—or excluded from—any particular government."

The popular site, which in August for the first time had a billion people logged on the same day, says the government attacks are more sophisticated and dangerous than other cyber attacks.

Therefore Facebook launches an alert button that will notify users if it is suspected that their account is under an attack from a nation-state.

"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.", Alex Stamos says.

How a warning will look like:

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