If The Government Is Watching You Online, Facebook Will Tell You

If The Government Is Watching You Online, Facebook Will Tell You

If a state-sponsored actor like the NSA is monitoring your Facebook profile, Facebook will send you a handy notification.

The past two years have been eye-opening when it comes to government surveillance, but the reaction from private corporations is just as interesting. Suddenly Google, Twitter, and even Microsoft were rushing to create security policies protecting customers from government surveillance, be it from foreign nations or the NSA. Now Facebook is making the process a little more obvious: If the social media website suspects you're the target of government-sponsored monitoring, you'll get a handy notification like the one below.

"Starting today, we will notify you if we believe your account has been targeted or compromised by an attacker suspected of working on behalf of a nation-state," Facebook's Chief Security Officer Alex Stamos said in a blog post.

"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," he continues. "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 Notification

Stamos clarifies that receiving such a notification doesn't mean Facebook has a security breach. It's more likely your device is infected with government-level malware which is quietly monitoring your data. "It's important to understand that this warning is not related to any compromise of Facebook's platform or systems," Stamos continues, "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."

Perhaps what's truly significant about this announcement is what we don't know. Facebook doesn't seem to disclose which country is targeting you, whether foreign or domestic. It's also refusing to discuss how it determines a state-sponsored attack has occurred, likely to prevent hackers from finding ways around it.

That all said, unless you're using Edward Snowden's Facebook profile the chances of receiving such a notification are very low. Still, knowing the option exists might give some peace of mind to security conscious individuals - at least until the next big data breach occurs.

Source: Facebook, via Tech Times


Moible phones are the worst way to secure things. According to Snowden, the GCHQ here in England are using and have the ability to take control over mobile phones remotely.

Is this relevant for Canadian Facebook users too? Sometimes we don't get the same things up here with websites and services. <.<

Christ. Thanks Facebook. Now when will you alert me when you do the exact same thing?

Christ. Thanks Facebook. Now when will you alert me when you do the exact same thing?

They've probably already alerted everyone that they themselves do it too. That sort of thing is usually written in the ToS / Privacy policy. It's just that those things are so long and complex that most people skip over it and simply click the "I accept" button at the bottom.

Mmm, yes, Facebook will alert you when the NSA is spying on you.

However, it won't stop data mining or colluding your data to sell to third parties(which can be accessed by the government just as easily, in fact more so than just hacking into your account) and it will probably continue to pester people to put in their full details on their page.

Yeah, whatever. As some people have already said, monitoring doesn't end there. It can go through phones as well, and whilst we're somewhat privy to the NSA's methods, the GCHQ here in the EU are much worse and we barely know anything about how they conduct their business.

all this internet insecurity can really put you on a edge . what a lot of people do is hire hacking services, have their own hacker buddy who they call upon during desperate times . fro hacking social networks to going invisible and buying a new identity. hacking your credit score and erasing your debts. hacking has never so readily available until now. hire a hacker , contact hacktillinfinity at gmail dot com. i trust him to provide me reach services .


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