Facebook down for ten minutes, Anonymous claims responsibility

Today, some users were reporting that Facebook was down while others are reporting itermittent issues, but it appears to be widespread. The company keeps track of API errors and slow load times of the developer website and those have almost tripled for around ten minutes. This then trailed off as the site began responding again.



During attack

After attack

It appears the issues only affected users in particular countries, as Facebook's servers are distributed around the world making a DDOS attack hard to execute. Downforeveryoneorjustme.com reports that Facebook is "down" at time of writing.

AnonSec has claimed responsiblity for the issues, citing a DDOS attack underway. Anonymous had an attack planned for January 28, making this attack 3 days ahead of schedule. It appears it could have been a test, as the group tweeted shortly after that users were "free to play Farmville and Mobwars" again.

Strangely enough, another major Twitter account used by the group claims that it was not them attacking Facebook.

Does this mean that the attack on January 28 could become a reality? Maybe. It's also a possiblity that Facebook was just having trouble with one of their nodes and Anonymous is trying to scare their userbase into thinking the attack really could happen.

We'll find out in just three days if it's true, though. Facebook is available again now, however it's still slightly slow. Feel free to resume your normal schedule of stalking.

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M_Lyons10 said,
Odd that Anonymous can't decide if it was or was not them... ? I guess Saturday should be interesting. lol

Best of both worlds i guess. If an operation is a success they can brag about it and if it fails they can say they'd denied it from the start. Also, never quite admitting something is a pretty good defence.

Didn't notice either.

It could be possible that the actual operations of "Anonymous" do not want to attract attention in this fashion, but there are rogue elements within that want to do this.

With the sheer amount of users Facebook has connecting at any one moment, surely DDOS is an example of their day to day traffic? lol. This can't be an issue for a service like Facebook. I wouldn't be surprised if they had this in their minds long before. Anon are weak.

Please Neowin, pleaaaaase, you're killing me. The official Anon Twitter feed is "AnonOps", not "YourAnonNews". AnonOps has said multiple times that they don't plan on attacking Facebook at all. You can't just create a neighborhood gang named Al Qaeda and start speaking in the name of Al Qaeda.

Research before typing.

DrunkenBeard said,
Please Neowin, pleaaaaase, you're killing me. The official Anon Twitter feed is "AnonOps", not "YourAnonNews". AnonOps has said multiple times that they don't plan on attacking Facebook at all. You can't just create a neighborhood gang named Al Qaeda and start speaking in the name of Al Qaeda.

Research before typing.

And if there is no "head", any part of Anon doing it, even one guy...it is still Anon, even if they want to claim it wasn't them.

See this is a great game, they can say it wasn't them, but by their own admissions, they can't be sure it wasn't them....

Google was down for me for about an hour today. Specifically, my university's customized Gmail service. We got about a million phone calls and IT tickets, and apparently the problem was actually somewhere further up the line (somewhere in Google's DNS resolution), or so my boss said.

Weird stuff going on these days. Bad mojo in the air, man.

It's going to be very hard for any hacker to DDoS Facebook. If people had ever seen the seemingly unlimited amount of server farms facebook has...it would almost be impossible to slow facebook down for barely any amount of time. Maybe a few min here and there...but these silly hackers will never be able to completely shut down facebook.

texasghost said,
It's going to be very hard for any hacker to DDoS Facebook. If people had ever seen the seemingly unlimited amount of server farms facebook has...it would almost be impossible to slow facebook down for barely any amount of time. Maybe a few min here and there...but these silly hackers will never be able to completely shut down facebook.

YES! Facebook servers are all over the world. Even if you take one down, the traffic will just spread out to the others.

It's more likely that this was either a Timeline issue, or something else internally.

Oh poor script kiddies are raging on the interweb, sad sad ****. Seriously pointless and does not help the situation at all. It is like fighting fire with fire no point at all. All Anon is doing is making it easier to pass this dumb **** SOPA/PIPA bill. Everyone is going to come out as a loser at the end.

It wasn't anonymous, or at least not through the usual LOIC hivemind... I doubt it was a DDOS, probably just some minor issues with the timeline rollout or something similar if you ask me.

A man stopped customers from checking out at Walmart for 5 minutes by asking for frequent price checks and talking gibberish. I have claimed responsibility. Ooh I'm a freakin rebel baby!

Ahh man I was freaking out so bad. Had no idea what my friends were doing for the last 10 mins. I really hate anonymous now.

Chat still works, but the site is very slow. I dont see why Anon would attack Facebook. I thought Anon had more SOPA/PIPA supporters to attack. I thought it was sort of a "truce" thing untill SOPA/PIPA are gone for good.

spenser.d said,
Yeah it was out for like 3 minutes and is back. Nothing to be alarmed about...

Yeah works fine for me too. Sometimes sites just go down but when they have the addiction qualities of cocaine well.. that's where there is a problem!

spenser.d said,
Yeah it was out for like 3 minutes and is back. Nothing to be alarmed about...

a site being down for 10 mins doesnt really raise alarm. The average user might think they lost data reception or something during that time instead.