Hacker Claims To Be Responsible For Facebook Outage In Europe

October 12, 2012
When Facebook suddenly experienced loading and access problems this week, netizens immediately took their grievances to Twitter. For a few hours, the social media networking site was inaccessible in Ireland, Sweden, Portugal, Denmark and Norway. Many people from these countries immediately posted on Twitter to report the problem. One account, however, stands out as it claims to be the source of the Facebook outage. Handle @AnonymousOwn3r?s tweet is quite similar to the one posted before which indicated that it attacked GoDaddy, a web hosting group, on September 10, 2012. GoDaddy immediately refuted the rumors that it was hacked. The online company instead cited that the router data tables were damaged by internal operations and problems and not by viral components. Twitter has yet to announce whether the Twitter account claiming responsibility truly has a hand in the recent Facebook problems. In the United States, Facebook continues to work efficiently. Some other countries that seem to be also affected include Austria, Germany, Czech Republic, Turkey, Finland, Romania, Italy, France and Greece. Down Right Now was one of the first who reported the service difficulties experienced by Mark Zuckerberg?s site in the mentioned places. Down Right Now uses and processes information from various social network sites and official announcements online to determine the news that can be relayed. Since the report, several users have been sharing their concerns and complaints on Twitter. Initially, the difficulty seems to stem from an attack on DNS servers. According to the website, there will most likely be service disruption. A number of users showed how Facebook can still be operative when using touch.facebook.co to access the social media site. Facebook recently stated that changes made to DNS were included in their activities to test traffic optimization. The adjustments made caused a number of users to be routed improperly for a short period of time. These users were generally located in the Western part of Europe, which explains the access difficulties in the mentioned countries. Facebook further apologized for the technicalities and assured that everything will be back to normal.

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