Facebook now warns its users who are being targeted in state-sponsored attacks.
Facebook has taken a user-friendly measure. Three years ago, Google notified its users whose computers or accounts were supposedly vulnerable to a state-sponsored attack. In 2015, the social media enterprise is now following the suit, the newest in a series of safety-conscious initiatives, the social platform has lately ratified.
Facebook News exclaimed that its Chief Security Officer, Alex Stamos, proclaimed the newest prevention in a post on the website, stating, “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, 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.”
If Facebook believes that a profile is being attacked by hackers acting on behalf of a state, it sends a notification to its users prompting them to exercise the option of Login Approvals (the Californian company’s version of two-factor verification) to avoid being comprised in the first place to substituting their computers overall, in case of an acknowledged attack. Alex also explained that the social network would only utilize this notice “where the evidence strongly supports” a state-sponsored attack.
Facebook might be warning its users later than Google did, but it has become the first company to do so. The initiative also joins other important initiatives that the networking giant had taken to ensure safety and user secrecy. In June, it provided the feature to disseminate public encryption keys, to keep email notifications between the webpage and users encoded (however intra-network continues to be unencrypted).
Facebook News today disclosed that one year ago, the company introduced a “dark web” edition of its own self on Tor, an additional significant layer of secrecy and encryption for those attempting to get rid of surveillance. There is always more which can be carried out but each and every layer of security is significant, and the social media company continues to demonstrate its inclination to enhance more.
Alex has also stated that the notified users should consider a replacement of their mobile device or computer if possible. Facebook Breaking News supported the idea to safeguard this procedure, the company stated it would often not elaborate upon why it holds the belief that evidence indicates an attack is possible.
It is quite likely that the firm’s initiative would appease its fans.