For the most important and worldwide spread social network, Facebook, one hour of being left without underneath its feet felt like an entire day, both for the company and for the users.
It happened in the morning. Lizard Squad is a hacker group that usually concentrates its activity on social networks. Against all ethic customs, they say that the blackout is caused by their talented hackers who succeeded in breaking the social media world in two. Lizard Squad has claimed their glory on Twitter, while everyone was attacking in every possible way. However, there are some who can’t believe that Facebook didn’t have a plan B in case of such an important blackout. The answer of Facebook is simple: it was a glitch. On the other hand, scientists search for the cause of the 1 Hour Facebook blackout through their right hand, the CBS, that also searches for the truth beneath all public statements of Facebook and Lizard Squad. Experts are very interested in putting all the pieces together in order to find out how everything happened. Amichai Shulman, CTO at Imperva believes that the glitch theory is more likely than the theory of Lizard Squad, which is a DDoS attack, because such a tremendous hacking system would have brought down the entire internet, not only Facebook. He sustains his opinion by reminding the readers that there have always been people who take responsibility for alleged acts in the past, for example in some cases of bringing down planes.
“We have seen in the past small, overlooked software glitches who took down large networks. These are usually related to a register or counter kept in smaller memory storage than required. Because of the wide spread of this I’d guess it has to do with some register that keeps time that overflowed.”
Adam Winn , Product Manager at OPSWAT observed the fact that a day after Lizard Squad aggressed Malayasia Airline’s website, they stated to be the mind behind the Facebook incident and from this point of view and taking into consideration all their skills, it could be true. Nonetheless, he believes that the public announcement of Facebook could also be very much true.
After all sides have exposed their pros and cons, experts have drawn a conclusion. They certainly believe that Lizard Squad is not to blame for the unhappy event and that the causes are more like technical.
“Facebook state it was an internal configuration change – most likely DNS or other network configuration – related that caused the traffic to go awry.”
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