Facebook goes facedown and sci-fi screenplays fill the vacuum
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widespread outages on Facebook. As of 6:10 EST service appeared restored and the crisis averted. But, was it a blip in the system or something more nefarious ?
Last month's outage of YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook highlights how vulnerable our online communication venues have become and how suspicions flow faster than data.
During the last week of March, system admins globally noticed traffic that is normally routed to those sites was being diverted to servers inside China. Requests were then censored via The Great Firewall. The result was that users around the globe got the same "service not available" messages that Chinese users get.
On Wednesday of that week, an admin at Chile's Domain Name System (DNS) registry first noticed the Chinese diverts. He broadcast the anomaly, and other admins around the world began reporting the same finding. The root cause was finally traced to the I Root Server in Sweden. The plot thickened when the server operators in Sweden denied resp
The events happened to coincide with the climax of the Google / China fiasco. Many suspected the Chinese government of a sobering show of Internet prowess, demonstrating that global Net traffic could be hijacked at any time. China's Internet Network Information Center denied any responsibility. But as those following Google's saga were aware, that denial didn't rule out covert meddling by government-backed hackers.
Others noted that China would have had nothing to gain from doing this, and would risk further isolation and suspicion if they were found to be behind an outage of this type. In a counter argument poised to pique the interest of even the most reformed conspiracy theorist, the idea was raised that another person or group, perhaps based in the West and with interests in further souring Sino-Western relations, was behind the affair.
Hmmm, anybody seen Morpheus or Neo lately ?