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Facebook has one of the biggest disruptions in history: what caused it

Facebook crash yesterday (October 4) was one of the largest in history. The disruption has affected billions of people, and it is not just about direct Facebook users. TSN.

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Facebook's global outage on Monday October 4 was one of the largest in terms of duration and number of complaints. Even the company's employees could not get into the office, since their electronic passes did not work.

This was announced by the service for tracking the work of Internet resources Downdetector.

“Facebook's global outage is now one of the largest for Downdetector in terms of total complaints (over 14000000) and duration. This is a very impressive event, ”said Luc Derix, Ookla's CTO.

The disruption of Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp and Messenger has affected billions of people, he said, and the impact "has gone beyond the direct users of these services."

The biggest problems have arisen on the Facebook platform. We are also talking about the services WhatsApp, Messenger and Instagram. Later, users began to massively complain about their work on Twitter, Telegram, TikTok, Snapchat.

Derix points out that Facebook is one of the largest ad networks used by websites and mobile apps from around the world. The social network also provides the ability to authenticate (sign in) for users of many applications.

According to the service, the largest number of crash complaints came from the United States (over 1,7 million) and Germany (1,3 million). They are followed by the Netherlands (915), the United Kingdom (000) and Italy (789).

Recall that the social networks Facebook and Instagram, as well as the WhatsApp messenger on the night of Tuesday, October 5, began to restore work.

The crash lasted for about seven hours. This is the longest period of downtime for Facebook since 2008, when an error caused the social network to be shut down for about a day, which affected about 80 million users.

Due to the fall, Facebook shares sank 5%, and Mark Zuckerberg poorer by $ 6,6 billion.

Earlier, the Twitter support service announced the elimination of problems in the work of the social network caused by the load of users.

Facebook engineers have named the likely reason for the failure of the company's services. According to them, there is no confirmation that user data has been compromised. "New time".

The Facebook engineering team apologized for the disruption to the company's services, citing incorrect configuration changes to the backbone routers as the main cause.

"The configuration changes to the backbone routers that coordinate network traffic between our datacenters have caused problems that have interrupted communications," the Internet giant's team said in a statement.

Facebook added that the issue had a cascading effect on the way the company's data centers were connected, causing services to stop working.

Facebook also said it had no proof that user data was compromised as a result of this downtime.

Against the backdrop of a large-scale disruption in the work of Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp, the Viber messenger announced an increase in registrations by 500%.

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Against the background of the failure of Facebook services, some users also began to complain about problems with Netflix and Playstation. Thus, 40% of Netflix users reported a problem with video playback, 36% reported a lack of access to the site. At the same time, 55% of Playstation users reported problems connecting to the service.

On the night of Tuesday, October 5, social networks resumed their work.

10 hours before the start of the massive outage, PrivacyAffairs published an article that hackers had leaked the data of more than 1,5 billion users into the darknet.

PrivacyAffairs also noted that if the leak of this information is confirmed, it will become the largest in the history of Facebook. "Gordon".

The data is now being sold on the respective forum platform, and potential buyers have the option to purchase all the data at once or in smaller quantities.

The database contains such information about users: name, email address, phone number, location, gender and user ID.

It is noted that the data was obtained by web scraping - a technology for obtaining web data by extracting it from web resource pages. That is, technically, user pages were not hacked. The database published on the network can be used for phishing and account hijacking attacks.

One potential buyer claims he was asked to buy the data of 1 million Facebook user accounts for $ 5.

The portal emphasizes that many of the information provided in the database turned out to be reliable. However, some potential buyers claim that the seller cheated them and the data was not delivered after payment.

PrivacyAffairs specifically notes that the emergence of this database has nothing to do with yesterday's massive failure of Facebook and other social networks - it's just a coincidence.

This is not the first time Facebook has had a massive data breach. In December 2019, the full names and phone numbers of 267 million social network users appeared on the Internet. The leak mainly affected US residents.

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In April of this year, hackers released data on more than 533 million Facebook users from 106 countries, including more than 32 million user records in the US, 11 million in the UK, and 6 million in India.

It is worth noting that Facebook is the largest social network in the world with about 2,89 billion monthly active users as of the second quarter of 2021.

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