Facebook outage wasn’t caused by hackers

Last night Facebook went down for a large number of users in Western Europe for over an hour. A hacker using the name Anonymous Own3r claimed responsibility on...

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Last night Facebook went down for a large number of users in Western Europe for over an hour. A hacker using the name Anonymous Own3r claimed responsibility on Twitter, but Facebook have released an official statement saying it was the result of a change to DNS as part of a test.

Facebook’s outage started at roughly 8.30pm BST last night and primarily affected countries in Western Europe.

@AnonymousOwn3r took to Twitter to claim responsibility for the attack, just as they did last month when Go Daddy went down (they deny that they were ever hacked).

The outage lasted over an hour and shortly afterwards Facebook released a statement:

“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.”

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