Facebook's Aanchal Gupta, director of security, spoke to Ryan Naraine about her unique story. Listen to how Facebook is investing in diversity of people: https://securityconversations.com/…/episode-11-aanchal-gup…/
Facebook has a long-standing commitment to security, and we continue to invest in efforts to protect people from cyber threats and keep our platform safe. Last week, Facebook, Microsoft, and other members of the security community took joint action to disrupt the activities of a persistent, advanced threat group commonly referred to as ZINC, or the Lazarus Group. Our companies have a history of sharing threat information and working together to protect our users and the web a...s a whole. Our security team monitors Facebook's platform for these kinds of activities, investigates the actors involved and disrupts their operations, working both on our own and in coordination with other companies.
In this case, we deleted accounts operated by this group to make it harder for them to conduct their activities. Similar to other threat groups, they largely used personal profiles and pretended to be other people in order to do things like learning about others and building relationships with potential targets. Our actions were not focused on the WannaCry malware itself.
We also notified people who may have been in contact with these accounts and gave suggestions to enhance their account security, as we have done in the past about other threat groups. We will continue to work closely with companies to investigate and counteract these types of threats to our collective security.
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This morning, the National Cyber Security Alliance published an editorial from Aanchal Gupta, Facebook security director. Please visit StaySafeOnline to see her personal story of how and why diversity is needed in the security industry.