Cybersecurity Attacks & Hacking Crimes | Social Media Internet Services | Facebook, Messenger, Instagram, and WhatsApp
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Facebook and all of its messaging and social media platforms including Messenger, WhatsApp, and Instagram went down for about six hours on October 4 and the social media giant was said to have lost not less than $6 billion due to the downtime. The value of Facebook shares has dropped significantly due to the disruption of the global network of Instagram and WhatsApp.
Techarp.com reported that there were quite a number of these claims from international media and several websites as well as Facebook and Twitter that 13-year-old Chinese hacker, Sun Ji Su was behind the hack leading to the suspension of social media services in the world.
The claims, according to Techarp.com, were that the 13-year-old Chinese hacker, Sun Ji Su during the hack of the sites topped the famous search engines and Twitter platforms after disabling WhatsApp, Instagram, and Facebook and disrupting the social media platforms.
The claim also had it that the hack caused Facebook employees to be prevented from entering the headquarters of the global institution after disabling the electronic portals which resulted in an economic loss estimated at billions of dollars around the world.
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The earlier media hack report was refuted thereafter
The tech media website further refuted the statement that Reuters reported that a 13-year-old Chinese hacker named Sun Jiso has stopped Facebook, WhatsApp, and Instagram services.
The Techarp also stated that The Facebook company refused that it was a cyberattack credited to the teenage hacker from China, a report credited to New York Times.
It is not clear what the problem is with Facebook, Whatsapp, and Instagram. The Facebook company claims that we repair them soon.
In refuting the claim, Techarp stated fact-checked findings that international Media referred to as cybersecurity specialists did not blame China for the blackout experienced with Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram, and Messenger and that the 13-year-old Chinese hackers called Sun Jisu does not exist, countering that the fake news websites used a picture of Chinese hacking prodigy, Wang Zhengyang, speaking at the 2014 Chinese Internet Security Conference who was not Sun Jisu
Facebook Services Were Brought Down By Configuration Changes
Another fact that that emerged, according to Techarp.com, was that as that Facebook services were not brought down by a hacker, but configuration changes their own engineering team initiated internally, as confirmed by Facebook’s Vice-President of Infrastructure, Santosh Janardhan.
Santosh Janardhan was quoted, ‘’Our engineering teams have learned that configuration changes on the backbone routers that coordinate network traffic between our data centers caused issues that interrupted this communication. This disruption to network traffic had a cascading effect on the way our data centers communicate, bringing our services to a halt’’
With a New York Times reporter tweeting that Facebook staff were unable to gain access to an unspecified office using their keycards, the tech media website claim that access problems were caused by the same servers since Facebook run their internal systems through the same servers, so they became inaccessible when those servers were taken offline, including security systems that controlled the fob door locks
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