If you’ve ever had the sneaking suspicion that the government may be keeping a close eye on you via social media, this latest Facebook update may or may not put your mind at ease.
Mark Zuckerberg’s team are now offering a convenient warning to anyone who’s at risk of being hacked.
If the website suspects that a user may be being targeted by state-sponsored intruders, a specialised alert will pop up and advise that the wronged party should consider wiping or replacing affected computers and mobile devices.
If the company has a “strong suspicion” that a government was involved in an attack, the following message will be sent:
If you see this message, it’s probably high time to panic and get completely off the grid like you’re Ron Swanson after he’s just had his photograph taken.
Facebook’s Chief Security Officer Alex Stamos said:
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’re not sure about the phrase “state-sponsored actors” though, which implies more that some performers from the local community theatre are trying to look at your photos, rather than the big scary government might have access to your personal info.
Tech Week Europe