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posted by martyb on Monday October 04 2021, @07:47PM   Printer-friendly
from the What's-up?-Not-WhatsApp dept.

What Happened to Facebook, Instagram, & WhatsApp?:

Facebook and its sister properties Instagram and WhatsApp are suffering from ongoing, global outages. We don't yet know why this happened, but the how is clear: Earlier this morning, something inside Facebook caused the company to revoke key digital records that tell computers and other Internet-enabled devices how to find these destinations online.

Doug Madory is director of internet analysis at Kentik, a San Francisco-based network monitoring company. Madory said at approximately 11:39 a.m. ET today (15:39 UTC), someone at Facebook caused an update to be made to the company's Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) records. BGP is a mechanism by which Internet service providers of the world share information about which providers are responsible for routing Internet traffic to which specific groups of Internet addresses.

In simpler terms, sometime this morning Facebook took away the map telling the world's computers how to find its various online properties. As a result, when one types into a web browser, the browser has no idea where to find, and so returns an error page.

In addition to stranding billions of users, the Facebook outage also has stranded its employees from communicating with one another using their internal Facebook tools. That's because Facebook's email and tools are all managed in house and via the same domains that are now stranded.

[...] This is a developing story and will likely be updated throughout the day.

Also at: C|Net and Ars Technica.

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  • (Score: 3, Interesting) by inertnet on Monday October 04 2021, @09:36PM (4 children)

    by inertnet (4071) Subscriber Badge on Monday October 04 2021, @09:36PM (#1184282) Journal

    My first thought, could it be a ransomware attack? Second thought, would anyone even dare?

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  • (Score: 2) by SomeGuy on Monday October 04 2021, @09:59PM (1 child)

    by SomeGuy (5632) on Monday October 04 2021, @09:59PM (#1184291)

    A few days ago some other site talking about a major root certificate that was to expire on the first of the month. Mainly an issue for older browsers and IoT shit. My older browser complained about that on soylentnews and a couple of other sites, but since it is not dick-headed, I just clicked permanently accept, and all is fine. Still, I wonder if it could be related, perhaps some old infrastructure device craping itself.


    Losing billions of dollars do to the outage? Remember, that is how much your privacy is worth to them.

    Fuck facebook.

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday October 05 2021, @07:49AM

      by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday October 05 2021, @07:49AM (#1184383)

      That is not a real solution to the certificate problem. You are better off just adding the new root certificate to your trust store and they will all keep working until 2035. You can get the pem or DER from []

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday October 04 2021, @11:17PM (1 child)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday October 04 2021, @11:17PM (#1184316)
    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday October 05 2021, @12:53AM

      by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday October 05 2021, @12:53AM (#1184335)

      What's new? Isn't selling everyone's personal information pretty much their business model?