Yahoo becomes the latest tech giant to alert users of state-sponsored cyber attacks and joins the likes of Google, Facebook and Twitter.
Yahoo joins the likes of Facebook, Google, and Twitter, as the company pledges to warn users if they are to be victims of state-sponsored actors. The company officially confirmed in a blog that users will be notified so they can take aversive action to protect their accounts and devices.
Yahoo claims that it’ll only send notification alerts when a state-sponsored attack is rather imminent. It’ll only issue alerts when a foreign government or state is conducting such practices.
“It’s important to note that if you receive one of these notifications, it does not necessarily mean that your account has been compromised. Rather, we strongly suspect that you may have been a target of an attack, and want to encourage you to take steps to secure your online presence. In addition, these warnings to our users do not indicate that Yahoo’s internal systems have been compromised in any way,” said Yahoo’s Chief Information Officer Bob Lord.
Yahoo may warn its users in the form of instructions to secure their devices and accounts, such as having a strong password and two-step verification. While users will also be required to check email forwarding settings. The company has also warned users to look out for phishing attacks and recommends installing an anti-virus. However, it’s important to remember that if users receive such warnings, it doesn’t mean that their accounts have been actually compromised. Essentially, it implies that the company strongly believes that they might have been a target of such an attack.
However, it’s important to remember that if users receive such warnings, it doesn’t mean that their accounts have been actually compromised. Essentially, it implies that the company strongly believes that they might have been a target of such an attack.
The likelihood of state-sponsored cyber attacks has been a hot topic of debate this year. Back in October, Deputy Director of US National Security Agency Richard Ledgett, said that anyone connected to the Internet can be a victim of state-sponsored attacks. While back in November, Facebook’s new alert system tipped the US government about an Iranian hacking campaign.