Skip to comments.Facebook Hacked (Knocked offline)
Posted on 11/02/2012 4:47:28 PM PDT by Bon mots
Looks like Facebook is having some real trouble... knocked offline for some reason and not coming back up...
Almost 9000 tweets on the subject already...
Really, not more than one second ago I posted a story.
Wait I just received five replies to that post and four requests to play scrabble - if they are down - where?
Just on there a couple of minutes ago....
Looks like it might only affect Europe?
Could it be an Akamai problem?
Still can’t get them here.
I did double-check with DownRightNow.com
FB is good here...
BTW: I’m in Europe.
Just checked - FB is alot faster than FR...
Been on a FB blog all afternoon with my high school classmates. Seems to be working as good as it usually does. I don’t see any indication that it is “down” or knocking people off the site. Maybe you made the FB gods mad? :-)
Still seeing this...
Did you get an email from “Facebook” and click on the link? If so, you probably are the one that got hacked. It happened to my mom several months ago and I had to install an anti-virus program and it found some problems. I recommend AVG free as a starting point, works for most common viruses and other internet problems. Just do a Google search on “AVG Free” and do the download, then scan your computer.
I guess it's working Stateside, but over here, still out...
Oh well... was just surprised to see this.
Hover over the “Go Back” link and look in the bottom left corner of the screen. Does it say “http://facebook.com", if not you need to get your computer cleaned.
The US Postal service is.
I just posted and went to some other links and it worked fine here in Detroit area.
It’s working just fine for me too. Actually a lot faster than this site.
It seems to be worldwide, outside the USA.
Weird. My Facebook didn’t go down. Different areas, I guess. I’ve been on all afternoon and have had no trouble posting there for both personal and business use.
Odd, I’m not having any problems. Loads fast and no one in my feed is mentioning a thing about problems.
The US Postal service is.
I wish we had a like button, if it would not make things worse.
BofA is down too..
Where do I report that Facebook is down?
I thought it was me getting suspended after I posted the uninstalling Obama pic....what a coincidence.
Here, on FR... :)
Mine is still down in Green Bay.
So is Joe Biden’s brain to mouth filter.
I have to shave between posts here!
Facebook on iPad working for me.
OMG! OMG! OMG!
my account wont load but my boyfriends does...like i said I posted the pic of the uninstalling obama onto fb and its been down for me since.
Anonymous, the internet hacktivist group known for its widely publicised and high profile DDoS (distributed denial of service) and website defacement attacks, have threatened to take down Facebook and release Zyngas portfolio of games for free to the masses.
The reason for the attack, which they are calling #OP MaZynga, is due to Zyngas announcement that it will lay off 1,000 of its employees and begin outsourcing work to third parties in a bid to save money and stay afloat.
Zynga made its initial layoff announcement during Apples recent iPad Mini event, using the high profile distraction to its advantage, laying off 5 percent of its workforce whilst avoiding as much media coverage as possible. Many people, myself included, felt that the timing of the announcement was extremely irresponsible. Zyngas unceremonious dismissal of staff was a very ill advised move.
But the fact of the matter is, Zynga is in trouble. Their stock price has dropped 75 percent over the past 12 months and recent investments in games such as The Ville and the companys $200 million dollar acquisition of OMGPOP for Words with Friends has cost them dearly. The good ship Zynga is sinking and the only way they can stay afloat is to offload staff, cut costs and pray that their games stay relevant, and user engagement doesnt continue to drop off.
Anonymous threatening to make Zyngas games available to the masses for free is not going to help Zyngas remaining staff one bit. If such an attack were to take place, it would have a devastating effect on Zyngas business, stock price and advertising revenue. Anonymous will simply amplify Zyngas woes and risk the job security of many more Zynga employees in the process. This is why an attack of this nature would be bad for everyone involved.
As far as Facebook is concerned, Anonymous have threatened to take down Facebook several times. It hasn't happened yet, and it is unlikely to happen.
But with all that being said I applaud Anonymous for bringing further attention to Zyngas recent behaviour. What Zynga did was irresponsible and they should at least acknowledge this to the public. Zynga have admitted to possessing £1 billion in cash and equivalents, could that money have been used to at least try and retain their employees? Maybe they have already tried. If they had tried, then they should have made that clear and not brushed the matter under the carpet, whilst the media had their collective eyes fixed solely on Apples keynote.
If you ask me, Anonymous have already succeeded, and their threats - even if they come to nothing - have raised awareness of Zyngas miss-steps. For that they deserve to be acknowledged. I think its important to have groups like Anonymous in the online world. Sometimes they may be a little misguided, but they give the internet a voice that has the potential to be used for good. On this occasion they have made their collective voices heard and the media is closely watching every move that Zynga makes. Thats all that really matters.
What do you think of the whole mess? Do you think Anonymous will successfully carry out their plans on Guy Fawkes Night, or is this just another publicity stunt? Were Zynga right to lay off staff, despite all the money they have in the bank?
Sounds series, hugh even.
Are you logged on?
Yes. It’s hugh. A moose once bit my sister...
Actually, the world’s most notorious hacker hacking the world’s most valuable Internet property (and social network) in one of the world’s largest markets is a pretty big story.
Of course, you are free to care less...
So don't dump your stock just yet...
A hacker that goes by the Twitter handle @AnonymousOwn3r claimed to have taken down Facebook in Europe earlier today, siting a vulnerability called cross-site request forgery. @AnonymousOwn3r is otherwise known for hacking into GoDaddy in September. “Evidence” was posted on Pastebin, but Facebook called the hacker’s bluff, telling VentureBeat in an email:
There has not been a hack of Facebook, we have investigated these claims and they are not valid. The evidence cited was produced by an automated vulnerability scanner that alerts developers of potential vulnerability, and we have found these all to be false alerts.We expect Anonymous just like we expect any other attack on any other day. Due to our size, we face the same threats as seen everywhere else on the web, but we have developed partnerships, backend systems, and protocols to confront the full range of security challenges we face. Facebook has always been committed to protecting our users’ information, and we will continue to innovate and work tirelessly to defend this data.
“Earlier today we made a change to DNS as part of a traffic optimization test, and that change resulted in some users being temporarily mis-routed. We detected and resolved the issue immediately, but a small number of users located primarily in Western Europe experienced issues accessing the site while the DNS addresses repopulated. We are now back to 100 percent, and we apologize for any inconvenience.”
Don’t have any stock to sell.
A DNS fubar certainly makes sense.
I just paid two BOA credit cards online minutes ago.
These companies have extensive distributed systems, sometimes depends on the customer's location or type of business and sometimes not. Rarely is the whole works down (but can happen).
i get to facebook fine
maybe its just your problem
Dittos on the Like Button for FR...
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