Facebook Begins Warning Users Being Targeted from State-Sponsored Attacks

It’s no big surprise that the Chinese government, Russian Government and Iranian Governments are all a part of espionage campaigns and high profile hacking of major U.S. corporations. What you mind find surprising is that they are no longer targeting this multi-billion dollar companies but have now turned to specifically targeting YOU, on Facebook.

Facebook is constantly monitoring for malicious activity not only targeting them and their servers but also your very own Facebook account. Starting Today, the social networking site will notify you if they believe your account has been targeted or compromised by an attacker suspected of working on behalf of a nation-state. Below is what the notification will look like;

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“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. 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 said in their blog post today. “It’s important to understand that this warning is not related to any compromise of Facebook’s platform or systems, and that having an account compromised in this manner may indicate that your computer or mobile device has been infected with malware. Ideally, people who see this message should take care to rebuild or replace these systems if possible.”

Geek Inspector highly recommends that you enable two-factor authentication on your Facebook page and any other site that you visit that has this capability. With two-factor authentication turned on, if Facebook every see’s an unrecognized device trying to login to your Facebook page, they’ll be prompted for a security code which will be sent to your mobile phone. If someone does not have this code, they won’t be able to login even if they have your username and password. More information on how to enable two factor can be found at Facebook.

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