Is This Why You Couldn’t Get On Facebook Yesterday?

Grae Stafford Freelance Photographer
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A video has been posted to YouTube which purportedly sheds light on why Facebook crashed yesterday.

The video is a screen capture of the live threat map from The map, which can be accessed here, shows web attacks across the internet in real time.

In the video two massive waves of attacks, originating from China, hit the United States. It is unknown at present what precipitated the attacks and if it was orchestrated from China directly or just launched from there.

Users of the popular social network were unable to access the site on either mobile devices or computers and the 30 minutes of down time represents the longest outage for the company in four years. That time Facebook was down for two and a half hours and was caused by a software error in the error checking software.

In a statement regarding the outage yesterday Facebook said “Earlier this morning, we experienced an issue that prevented people from posting to Facebook for a brief period of time. We resolved the issue quickly, and we are now back to 100%. We’re sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused,”

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