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Thread: Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp suffer major outages (Oct 4, 2021)

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    Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp suffer major outages (Oct 4, 2021)

    Not clear yet if it's a major configuration glitch, a Denial of Service attack or something in between.

    https://www.reuters.com/technology/f...om-2021-10-04/

    Oct 4 (Reuters) - Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp went offline for users across the globe, the social media giant said on Monday, as it worked on restoring its services.

    Reuters could not immediately confirm the issue affecting the services, but the error message on the webpage of Facebook Inc (FB.O) suggested a problem with Domain Name System (DNS). DNS allows web addresses to take users to their destinations. A similar outage at cloud company Akamai Technologies Inc (AKAM.O) took down multiple websites in July.

    Security experts tracking the situation said the outage could have been triggered by a configuration error, which could be the result of an internal mistake, though sabotage by an insider would be theoretically possible.

    An outside hack was viewed as less likely. A massive denial-of-service attack that could overwhelm one of the world's most popular sites, on the other hand, would require either coordination among powerful criminal groups or a very innovative technique.

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    In a great moment of schadenfreude, Twitter's @twitter account in the UK just tweeted "Hello, literally everyone".

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    But the greatest social media site of all, CosmoQuest Forum, is still up!
    The greatest journey of all time, for all to see
    Every mission makes our dreams reality
    And our destiny begins with you and me
    Through all space and time, the achievement of mankind
    As we sail the sea of discovery, on heroes’ wings we fly!

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    Quote Originally Posted by KaiYeves View Post
    But the greatest social media site of all, CosmoQuest Forum, is still up!
    Barely.

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    The print media are reporting this morning that it was a configuration error, through which Facebook contrived to render its own servers invisible to the internet. It also shut down Facebook's internal messaging and security systems, so that employees' access badges stopped working. Must have been a lively time at Facebook headquarters.
    It has generated some excellent barbed jokes, if you like that sort of thing.

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    I joked yesterday that I had to send my uninteresting thoughts to someone by e-mail like some kind of primitive from the '90s.
    _____________________________________________
    Gillian

    "Now everyone was giving her that kind of look UFOlogists get when they suddenly say, 'Hey, if you shade your eyes you can see it is just a flock of geese after all.'"

    "You can't erase icing."

    "I can't believe it doesn't work! I found it on the internet, man!"

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    In the midst of the outage, a friend emailed me a spoof headline:
    FACEBOOK DOWN. BOOMERS FORCED TO "RESEARCH VACCINES" IN REAL WORLD

    She knew that would push four of my buttons simultaneously, which I believe is a new personal best for her.

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    Quote Originally Posted by grant hutchison View Post
    In the midst of the outage, a friend emailed me a spoof headline:
    FACEBOOK DOWN. BOOMERS FORCED TO "RESEARCH VACCINES" IN REAL WORLD

    She knew that would push four of my buttons simultaneously, which I believe is a new personal best for her.

    Grant Hutchison
    I am able to discern maybe two buttons??

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    Quote Originally Posted by bknight View Post
    I am able to discern maybe two buttons??
    I have a lot of buttons.

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    Quote Originally Posted by grant hutchison View Post
    I have a lot of buttons.

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    Not going there!

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    How unfortunate, everyone had to find something useful to do for a few hours.

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