Facebook domain stolen, nearly sold by hackers. Following an effort to seize the company’s domain name, Whatsapp, Instagram, and Facebook were all pulled down Monday.
On Monday afternoon, users were unable to access the services after a hacker, who has yet to be discovered, nuked the DNS A; an address file that holds an IP address for the domain name as well as AAA records for Facebook, Instagram, and Whatsapp.
Facebook domain stolen, nearly sold by hackers
The tech giant had previously tweeted about WhatsApp, adding, “We’re aware that some people are having problems using WhatsApp right now. We’re attempting to restore normalcy and will provide an update as soon as possible.”
Facebook.com, the company’s primary domain, is now available for purchase.
The hack’s specifics have yet to be revealed.The domain name Facebook.com was not sold. According to the Mac Observer, GoDaddy, which owns Uniregistry Market were notified, a “third-party that doesn’t own Facebook.com attempted to list it for sale on Uniregistry.com, and we unintentionally listed it in search results.”
“Because the third-party did not own or control the domain, it was never in danger of being sold and is now in the hands of its present owner.” The listing has been taken down, and it has nothing to do with any platform troubles Facebook may be having.”
Meanwhile, Facebook tries to cover their ass with the following statements:
We apologize for the disruption caused by the outage across our platforms to all of the individuals and companies that rely on us across the world. Our systems are presently up and running after we worked as hard as we could to restore access. Many of the internal tools and systems we utilize in our day-to-day operations were also impacted by the underlying cause of the outage, complicating our attempts to rapidly diagnose and fix the problem.
Our technical teams discovered that modifications to the configuration of the backbone routers that coordinate network traffic between our data centers created communication difficulties. Our services came to a standstill as a result of the disturbance in network traffic, which had a cascade impact on the way our data centers communicated.
Our services are currently operational again, and we’re working hard to get things back to normal. We want to be clear that this outage was not caused by nefarious behavior; the underlying cause was an incorrect configuration update on our end. Furthermore, we have no indication that user data was hacked as a result of the outage.
On the eve of the attack, Mark Zuckerberg, who was reportedly to have lost 7 billion dollars during the downtime, sent an apology for the disruption in service that occurred.
Many questions arose, the most prominent of which was: what if Facebook, Instagram, and Whatsapp never returned? What would the world be like then?