With an increasing amount of hacks, crimes, and leaks occupying communication real estate, cyber security is enhanced head of the mind than ever for firms and customers alike. In an attempt to keep their users protected, the search engine behemoth, Yahoo has announced that it will now warn users about suspected state-sponsored attacks. The internet giant made the announcement in a recent blog post. Following the footsteps of other technology giants like Facebook, Google, and Twitter, Yahoo has made this announcement that it will commence notifying users regarding if their accounts have been targeted or attacked by hackers working on behalf of governments.
Following the footsteps of other technology giants like Facebook, Google, and Twitter, Yahoo has made this announcement that it will commence notifying users regarding if their accounts have been targeted or attacked by hackers working on behalf of governments.
Earlier, the social media giant Facebook and the microblogging site Twitter also notified its users about the hacking attacks. Now, it’s Yahoo’s turn to alert its users about the state-sponsored hacking attacks. The ostensible hackers are from China or Russia who cannot tear through government agency networks, and rather, divert their attention on joining an organization via the private accounts of the employees. If the user operates similar password over their accounts (various studies have identified that they do), or access job-relevant portals from home, the alleged hackers can dive on their targets through those gateways.
According to The Guardian, Yahoo’s chief information security officer, Bob Lord informed about this change in a blog post. “Yahoo will now notify you if we strongly suspect that your account may have been targeted by a state-sponsored actor,” said Bob Lord.
“We’ll provide these specific notifications so that our users can take appropriate measures to protect their accounts and devices in light of these sophisticated attacks. Our notifications provide targeted users with specific actions they can take to help ensure that their Yahoo accounts are safe and secure, “Lord added.
In the current advanced technological world cyber crime has become a large market wherein the delicate or personal information of the client is being poached on an immense range. Thes days, cyber security has been gaining more attention due to the expanding dependence of network systems in utmost countries. Network systems comprise a vast variety of smart accessories that include smartphones, televisions and other small devices as part of the Internet of Things. Other networks include the internet and private data networks as well as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and other wireless networks.
The company has declined to disclose how many users till now it has informed about state-sponsored attacks. The popular social networking sites, Facebook, and Twitter had made a similar announcement in October, December respectively.