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Facebook was hit by downtime this morning that affected some of its addicts in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. The dominant social network declined to explain to The Register what had gone wrong, nor was it willing to reveal how many people were unable to access their accounts during the outage. “Today we experienced …


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  1. Simbu

    In other news...

    European work productivity skyrockets!

    Extra points if you recognise the irony of me posting this, and you reading it...

  2. DJ 2

    Deffinatly DNS.

    I did an NSLookup this morning, and it came back with "can't find"

  3. EddieD

    Happened to me

    Along with other oddities - I got and ABE exception from NoScript, and I've certainly not changed anything - it was unpingable, but was fine. Hey-ho, I left 10 minutes earlier this morning.

  4. Phil O'Sophical Silver badge

    not so much titsup

    as Faceplant?

  5. Annihilator

    "large part of its network" ... "exercise little control over these providers"

    Seriously? Sounds like someone needs to look at their vendor management strategy...

  6. Synonymous Howard


    More of the same please.

  7. Andus McCoatover

    Got me this morning also

    Finland was out, too, at about 7:30 local time. (5:30 GMT). Okay when I tried it about 10-ish. No big deal.

  8. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    It wasn't that many years ago since Facebook was routinely down with some fault of some kind.

    All I can say is "Big wow".

  9. ElNumbre

    Right When Tested...

    Seemed okay for me.

    If I was an Openreach engineer that would mean that nothing had been wrong with it. EVER.

  10. slith
    IT Angle

    DNS Issue

    It was a DNS issue for sure, did not resolve ( did resolve, though, that's why it would still work on mobiles). This is what I got at the time of the outage:

    Searching for A record at A.ROOT-SERVERS.NET. [] ...took 25 ms

    Searching for A record at [] ...took 137 ms

    Searching for A record at [] ...took 15 ms

    Searching for A record at []

    Query timed out (interrupted after 1,999 milliseconds)


    Searching for A record at []

    Query timed out (interrupted after 1,999 milliseconds)


    Searching for A record at []

    Query timed out (interrupted after 2,001 milliseconds)


    Searching for A record at []

    Query timed out (interrupted after 1,999 milliseconds)

    None of the nameservers responded correctly.

  11. IGnatius T Foobar

    more pls

    I hope Facebook continues to have massive outages, all over the world. Facebook is the new evil empire, and must be destroyed.

  12. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    I recall a couple of weeks ago returning "can't find"...have they mixed things again? :-)

    1. Suburban Inmate

      Re: DNS...

      I concurr.

      It was playing up for me on Feb 25th as well as for a friend accross the pond. Some bollocks about failing to post stuff or register likes. I didnt bother investigating.

  13. (AMPC) Anonymous and mostly paranoid coward


    Couldn't have been down that long, my significant other didn't even mention it (here in France).

    Maybe its some European initiative to get the economy working again? Vive l'EU!

  14. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Plesk compromise botnt

    There was a critical vulnerability to Parallels Plesk control panel that has been actively exploited last few days. I saw hundred of servers all running DDOS scripts that were attacking Facebook (also earlier in the day Clouflair). Obviously got Facebooks attention cos they emailed our NOC.

    I have spoken to people at other hosting companies who confirmed they saw the same thing.

    Seems too much like a coincidence for this not to be related.

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