Nation cools off as Facebook and Instagram disappear: updates
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Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp suffered massive outages on Monday after a technical glitch left the sites inaccessible. The mysterious blackout, which began around 11:40 a.m. EST, took all of the social media giant’s apps and services offline, sending countless users looking for dopamine pledges everywhere. they could find them. Just before 6 p.m., the sites appeared to come back online.
Below are updates on this ongoing story.
Cyber Security Journalist Brian Krebs try to explain:
Doug Madory is Director of Internet Analytics at Kentik, a San Francisco-based network monitoring company. Madory said that at around 11:39 a.m. ET today (3:39 p.m. UTC), someone at Facebook caused an update to the company’s Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) records. BGP is a mechanism by which the world’s Internet service providers share information about the providers responsible for routing Internet traffic to which specific groups of Internet addresses.
Put simply, this morning Facebook took away the map telling computers around the world how to find its various properties online. As a result, when typing Facebook.com into a web browser, the browser has no idea where to find Facebook.com and therefore returns an error page. …
[T]These changes had to come from within the company, as Facebook manages these files internally. Whether the changes were made maliciously or by accident is a puzzle at this point.
Krebs later added:
The various sites owned by Facebook and the services that go down are not just a downside, as many pointed out during the outage:
It is not known how long it will take for it to resume functioning normally:
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A massive sell-off caused the social media giant’s shares to fall 4.9% on Monday, adding to a decline of around 15% since mid-September. Monday’s stock decline knocked Zuckerberg’s value down to $ 121.6 billion, knocking him down below Bill Gates at No.5 on the Bloomberg Billionaires Index. It is down nearly $ 140 billion in just a few weeks, according to the index.
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Just like a home internet router:
The alternative platform got a little problematic on Monday afternoon:
The outage apparently seriously crippled the company’s employees:
According to our knowledgeable colleagues of the Verge, the tech glitch is apparently the result of DNS issues – not some sort of nefarious attack, although Facebook did not officially confirm the cause on Monday afternoon.
According to the New York Times, “Two members of the Facebook security team, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak in public, said that a cyber attack was unlikely to be in sight. The origin of the problems… because the technology behind the applications was still different enough that a hack was not likely, to affect them all at once.
Twitter itself, meanwhile, is having fun during its moment in the sun as one of the few social media platforms to stand still:
This post has been updated.