Facebook has announced a new feature that will alert users if their account is being spied on by the US’ National Security Agency or such government-sponsored agents.
Alex Stamos, chief security officer at Facebook, in a post stated that, users’ account privacy is important to the company. Therefore, to safeguard user accounts, it continuously monitors malicious activities and provides a multitude of options.
Users will be given away an additional warning, to address this, if Facebook has a strong suspicion that an attack could be government-sponsored.
Stamos explains that, by showing these warnings, they do not point out any compromise of the Facebook platform or structure. It might be the indication that the user’s computer or mobile device has been infected with malware and offenders might be taking advantage of the situation.
The warning is to aid users rebuild or replace affected systems and take necessary steps to protect their confidentiality. An option to customize Login Approvals so that unauthorized access to the account is compromised, will be prompted.
In order to suspected attackers to protect the integrity of its methods and processes unless circumstances require, Facebook further explains that it will not attribute certain attacks.
This comes during the rising distress and debate around Internet privacy of citizens following the massive trove of classified information leaked by whistleblower Edward Snowden about US and UK government’s spying program on unsuspecting citizens in a bid to stop global terrorism.
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