Facebook Warns Users It Thinks Are Being Targeted In State-Sponsored Attacks

20 Oct 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Facebook Warns Users Targeted By Dangerous State-Sponsored Hacks.

In a statement on the Menlo Park-based company’s blog, Chief Security Officer Alex Stamos said the company will issue warnings to users to secure their account. Even if you never have a Sony Pictures–style moment, there is still a lot of state-sponsored malware floating around the Internet for various surveillance and reconnaissance programs. Stamos is quick to clarify that “this warning is not related to any compromise of Facebook’s platform or systems.” What’s less clear is which nation-state malware will trigger the alarm. I asked Facebook if malware that is known to be used by the U.S. government for surveillance will prompt a notification, but the company hasn’t responded.

It’s great to give people more security monitoring and information, but Facebook itself alludes to one problem with the notifications: People probably won’t know what to do if they get one. Of course, it’s not Facebook’s responsibility to do everything for us (as much as it may want to), but the notification feature serves as a reminder that users don’t always feel empowered to take charge of their personal cybersecurity.

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