Facebook will warn users if they’re spied on

20 Oct 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Facebook Warns Users Targeted By Dangerous State-Sponsored Hacks.

The social networking giant has introduced a new feature that will alert users if their account is being snooped on by the US’ National Security Agency or such government-sponsored agents.

The company implemented this system because attacks from state-affiliated organizations “tend to be more advanced and dangerous than others,” Stamos said.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.

Once activated, people can’t access that user’s Facebook account from another device without approval. “Whenever your account is accessed from a new device or browser, we’ll send a security code to your phone so that only you can log in,” the post said. “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.” Nor has it clarified which nation-state(s) it anticipates the threats might come from: whether the concern is the US government or foreign governments habitually accused of hacking such as China. Reports in US media this June alleged that the Chinese government was behind hacks that stole personal data of an estimated 18 million government employees.

When our engineers work tirelessly to improve security, we imagine we’re protecting you against criminals, not our own government. “The US government should be the champion for the internet, not a threat. President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping recently signed a pact declaring neither government would hack into private companies in the other’s country. They need to be much more transparent about what they’re doing, or otherwise people will believe the worst. “I’ve called President Obama to express my frustration over the damage the government is creating for all of our future. This comes amidst the growing concern and debate around Internet privacy of citizens following the mega trove of classified information leaked by whistleblower Edward Snowden about US and UK government’s snooping program on unsuspecting citizens in a bid to thwart global terrorism.

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