Facebook to flag when nation states try to access accounts

Facebook has announced that it will now notify users if they believe their account has been targeted or compromised by a nation-state attack.

From now on, if a user is suspected of being targeted they will receive a pop-up message which will explain what has happened and will recommend that they turn on their login approvals to ensure there is no unauthorised attempts to access an account.

“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,” said Facebook chief security officer, Alex Stamos.

There is hope that these notifications could encourage users to be more security conscious across the board as Jim Black, head of product management at Bloxx suggests:

"It would be easy enough to dismiss this as something of a publicity stunt, but without these notifications users are unlikely to know that they are at risk,”

“If as a result of these pop ups they then take steps to strengthen the security associated with their other online accounts, well that can only be a good thing. The security industry talks a lot about consumers needing to be more security aware, and if these pop ups help, then they are to be welcomed." 

Read the full article from infosecurity here.

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