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Facebook to notify users when governments target their accounts

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Facebook will notify users when governments or their hired agencies monitor or attack their accounts to help users know of the potentially malicious activity and proactively secure their accounts.

“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,” announced the firm in a blog post. “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.”

The firm says is doing this to because these types of attacks tend to be more advanced and dangerous than others, and aims to help users strongly secure all of their online accounts.

This is what the notification looks like on the desktop version of the Facebook website:

While the social media giant will be alerting its users, it wants to warn users that attacks are not related to any compromise of Facebook’s platform or systems.

“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,” concluded Alex Stamos is the Chief Security Officer at Facebook.


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