Facebook, 1 hour blackout in Europe

Last night, many users have reported on Twitter that Facebook was not accessible. A few minutes later Anonymous posted a message in which the group of hacktivists claimed the attack on the servers of the social network. A spokesman for Menlo Park has denied everything, saying that it was a simple technical problem.

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The outage occurred around noon (Pacific Time), corresponding to 21 and then in Italy. As well as in our country, users of Austria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Norway, Romania, Spain, Sweden and Turkey have reported the inability to login to Facebook. As always happens in such circumstances, and in a few minutes on Twitter have been published thousands of messages from various cities in Western Europe. Anonymous have identified several vulnerabilities and made an attack of Cross-site Request Forgery (CSRF). It seems that this was an error that occurred in the course of an optimization of the traffic.

Facebook has thus denied the existence of a security issue and release the real cause of the blackout:

Today we made a change to the DNS as part of an optimization of the traffic and the change has led to the incorrect addressing some users. We found and fixed the problem immediately, but a small number of users who are found mainly in Western Europe has had problems accessing the site. Now we're back to 100% and we apologize for any inconvenience.

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