Facebook now notifies you of possible nation-state attacks

Facebook is launching a new security notification feature.  Facebook will now alert you if they believe your account is under attack by any entity that they think might be working for a nation-state.

State-sponsored attacks tend to be more sophisticated, and harder to defend against, than a regular, run of the mill hacker attack, and is therefore a far more serious threat.

This new addition was announced on Facebook’s blog by Facebook Chief Security Officer, Alex Stamos.

“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,” writes Stamos, ”We do this because these types of attacks tend to be more advanced and dangerous than others, and we strongly encourage affected people to take the actions necessary to secure all of their online accounts.”

Facebook will send you a notification letting you know that you should really turn on “Login Approvals”, which is a two-factor authentication method of signing on to your account.  Facebook will send a security code to your mobile phone when someone attempts to login from a new device or browser.  From there, you can verify whether or not it is you that is logging in.

Facebook is not the first company to enact such a security measure.  Google started doing the same thing for Gmail users 3 years ago after they saw a subset of their users under attack.  It would appear that Facebook is stepping up its security on multiple levels, which we certainly applaud.

Login approvals are not a new feature.  By going into the “Security” tab in your Facebook account, you can activate this security measure any time.

For information on how you can prevent your organization from being breached, visit www.miltonsecurity.com or call 714-515-4011.

 

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