Facebook Is Sending A Scary Hacker Notification To Targeted Users

Facebook Hacks

Facebook has launched a new type of hack notification that you never want to see in your account. That’s because this notification is meant to warn users if their connected devices are under attack by a nation-state.

“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,” Alex Stamos, Facebook’s chief security officer, explained in the company’s blog

“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 notes that the message doesn’t necessarily mean that the social network is under attack. Instead, scripts installed on the users phone may be attempting to gain access to information.

 

Here’s a screenshot of the message that will appear:

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Facebook is not explaining how it verifies an attack is from a nation-states versus smaller-scale hackers. While the notification may not be 100% accurate, Facebook says it is only displayed “where the evidence strongly supports our conclusion.”

 

Written by Peter Mondrose

Peter Mondrose

Peter Mondrose is the Editor-In-Chief at BusinessPundit. He received his degree in Economics in 1998 and a second degree in Journalism in 2004. He has served as a financial adviser, market trader, and freelance journalist for the last 11 years. When he's not investigating market conditions and reporting on workplace news, he can be found traveling with his wife, dog, and laptop. He can be reached at PeterMondrose@BusinessPundit.com or (929) 265-0240.