Facebook to notify users if account is target of government hack

Facebook’s Chief of Security announced Monday they will begin notifying users if it’s believed their account has been targeted or compromised by an attacker suspected of working on behalf of a nation-state.

The warning will come if Facebook suspects that an attack could be government-sponsored. The social media giant says this is because these kind of attacks are more dangerous than others, so users should take action to secure their accounts.

Chief Security Officer Alex Stamos says these warnings do not mean Facebook has been compromised, rather it may mean the user’s computer or mobile device has been infected with malware.

The notification will look like this:

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Read the full notice from Facebook here.

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