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Facebook to Flag When Nation States Try to Access Accounts

21/10/2015 by Sharon Shahzad


Facebook has announced it will be monitoring for and notifying users if it spots signs of nation-state-sponsored targeted attacks.

Users suspected of being targeted will get a pop-up message in their feed explaining what has happened and asking them to switch on Login Approvals.

With that feature enabled, whenever the account is accessed from a new device or browser, Facebook will send a security code to the user’s smartphone.

“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,” said Facebook chief security officer, Alex Stamos.

“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.”

Stamos was at pains to point out that any notification of a possible nation state attack indicates a compromise via the user’s PC or mobile device rather than the Facebook platform.  

“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,” he added. “That said, we plan to use this warning only in situations where the evidence strongly supports our conclusion.”

The move brings Facebook in line with its Silicon Valley rival Google, who began sending users alerts like these a few years back.

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