Yesterday we experienced one of the worst crises of Facebook . And this time it was not due to a new privacy scandal, but to a decline in its servers that caused other services like WhatsApp and Telegram to fall. There were many users affected by this bug, which took several hours. It was shocking, the time it took to solve it, compared to other occasions.
The extent of yesterday's case was such that some media such as the BBC refer to this interruption of service as as the most serious event in corporate history . It was also compared to a decline in 2008, when the service had 150 million, for the 2300 million now available.
Why did the Facebook servers crash?
Some experts said yesterday that the case was due to an attack by Denial of Distributed Service, which became known by its acronym DDoS. The company itself, however, used its Twitter account to deny that it was an attack on these properties. Others believed that an overload in the database brought the system to a standstill. Axios instead points to serious problems, but by no means malicious attacks .
"A blackout that prevented many people from accessing Facebook and Instagram on Wednesday was caused by a Netscout network management company for a specific routing problem known as BGP (Border Gateway Protocol) Although not malignant, such problems as Facebook can cause widespread problems.
Such problems are due to the fact that the Internet is not a single network but a network of networks ] BGP routes traffic between these networks. According to Axios cybersecurity reporter Joe Uchill, BGP is known to be insecure and can easily be confused. When a server underestimates the number of network jumps from another server, it can suddenly become large swathes Redirected Internet through an unfavorable location. " i nforma Axios .
The BBC believes based on data from DownDetector that the problem could start on Wednesday at 16:00 GMT. At the time, users had trouble publishing content on Facebook and Instagram, while WhatsApp was able to exchange most of the written messages, not multimedia files such as photos, videos, or audio messages.
The telegram was the strongest of the fall
Telegram is an increasingly well-known news service. Due to similarities and differences in WhatsApp, this application usually gets more activity during the fall of WhatsApp or Facebook Messenger. Yesterday was no exception and the service had a larger number of users than usual.
According to The Verge reports Telegram has received the spectacle in the last 24 hours number of 3 million new users . Undoubtedly, data that are least important and whose reasons are obvious. These have joined more than 200 million users since March last year.
Yesterday we also wanted to remember an interesting post from La Manzana Mordida in which we analyzed some messaging applications. These are usually very useful when these kinds of things occur in important applications like WhatsApp.
Let's comment on the Facebook field like yesterday. Did you download an application to replace the fallen services?