The popular social media website Facebook.com is down due to a DNS error. Many have reported across the world that they can not access the 2nd most popular website in the world, next to Google.com.
I personally noticed images missing prior to eventually failing to access the Facebook website altogether. When attempting to access Facebook.com Google Chrome read: The server at www.facebook.com can’t be found, because the DNS lookup failed. DNS is the network service that translates a website’s name to its Internet address. This error is most often caused by having no connection to the Internet or a misconfigured network. It can also be caused by an unresponsive DNS server or a firewall preventing Google Chrome from accessing the network.
Was Facebook hacked?
The first thing that comes to mind with such errors is, was this website hacked? Was Facebook hacked? While it makes perfect sense, at this moment the evidence does not paint a clear picture, nor suggest that the case of this is due to malicious hackers or a hacker collective such as Anonymous.
Anonymous has not claimed responsibility for Facebook being down but have commented on their Twitter accounts, simply stating “We’re still here on Twitter” and making other jokes and statements.
DNS errors can happen for many reasons, Facebook may be down due to maintenance, or human error. Often when updating, or maintaining databases and servers, and entire network may fail to operate properly… Then again, the Mayans may have called it.