Worldwide Outages Reported Prior to Whistleblower Testimony to U.S. Congress
Social Media giants Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, and others have been experiencing shut downs in what some say is apparently a coordinated massive attack…others are calling it justice.
Preliminary reports are calling it a “catastrophic” and “historic” event that required internal high-level access to specific protocols.
Various reports indicate the DNS A and AAA records have been deleted and may not be recoverable.
CloudFlare CTO John Graham-Cumming tweeted that “Facebook and related properties disappeared from the Internet in a flurry of BGP updates.”
BGP stands for Border Gateway Protocol and is described as the “postal service of the Internet… responsible for looking at all of the available paths that data could travel and picking the best route.”
Just prior to Facebook’s outage, Graham-Cumming said, CloudFlare detected “a large number of BGP changes (mostly route withdrawals)” to Facebook’s autonomous systems – basically, the local post office branches.
Security researcher Brian Krebs indicated the likely cause was a misstep on Facebook’s end that caused its services to drop off the internet’s map.
Zero Hedge reported that the timing is conspicuous:
Downdector reports that Facebook, Instagram, Whatsapp, and Facebook Messenger are experiencing issues and /or outages worldwide. The outage comes just before a Facebook whistleblower is set to testify before Congress on Tuesday.
Users began to report issues with the social media platform around 1120 ET.
Facebook users report the website won’t load with an error message that reads: “Sorry, something went wrong. We’re working on it and we’ll get it fixed as soon as we can.”
Facebook spokesperson Andy Stone acknowledged on Twitter that “some people are having trouble accessing our apps and products.”
The timing of the widespread outages comes as a Facebook whistleblower will be testifying before Congress on Tuesday. The whistleblower appeared on “60 Minutes” Sunday, detailing the tech company’s mission to put profit before doing “what was good for the public,” including clamping down on hate speech. Shares of the tech company slid 6% by early afternoon, tumbling not just on the whistleblower but also the global outage.
Recently, private information of 1.5 billion users were sold on hacker forums, though the breach appears to be unrelated to today’s outage.
Facebook employees have indicated they’re having difficulty getting access into their own buildings due to their ID badges being disabled. Even Facebook security personnel could not enter.
According to The Epoch Times, this outage is universal and comes on the tail of the whistleblower’s complaint making global governments ask questions:
The outage on Oct. 4 comes as two members of the European Parliament called for an investigation into allegations by a whistleblower that Facebook prioritized profits above the public good.
The whistleblower, Frances Haugen, who had worked as a product manager on the civic misinformation team at Facebook, shared internal documents with newspapers and attorneys general from several U.S. states. Haugen will testify in front of the Senate on Oct. 6.
“The Facebook Files—and the revelations that the whistleblower has presented to us—underscores just how important it is that we do not let the large tech companies regulate themselves,” said Danish lawmaker Christel Schaldemose.
“The documents finally put all the facts on the table to allow us to adopt a stronger Digital Services Act,” Alexandra Geese, a German lawmaker at the European Parliament, said. “We need to regulate the whole system and the business model that favors disinformation and violence over factual content—and enables its rapid dissemination,” she said.
A Facebook spokesperson issued a response to the claims, saying the firm has to make “difficult decisions.”
“Every day, we make difficult decisions on where to draw lines between free expression and harmful speech, privacy, security, and other issues,” the spokesperson said. “But we should not be making these decisions on our own. … We’ve been advocating for updated regulations where democratic governments set industry standards to which we can all adhere.”
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