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Facebook to warn users of state-sponsored targeted attacks

Tue, Oct 20, 2015, 01:44 PM
Washington, Oct 20: In its bid to safeguard users from a state-sponsored targeted attack, the social networking site Facebook has announced to notify them with a warning message if someone working for the government is trying to hack into their accounts.

According to Alex Stamos, chief security officer at Facebook, the security of people's accounts is paramount at Facebook which is why we constantly monitor for potentially malicious activity and offer many options to proactively secure your account.

"Starting today (October 19), 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,” he wrote 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,” he posted.

Recently, Facebook announced that it will allow users to hide dates they would rather not be reminded of to avoid being confronted with sensitive posts.
Agency: IANS
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