Facebook suffers major global outage

Site goes down across a swathe of nations, appears to be a DNS issue

March 7, 2012

All is not well with the Facebook servers this morning, it would seem.

Around about an hour ago, the social network went down for a number of users across Europe, the Middle East and other territories.

According to ZDNet, those countries included the UK, along with the likes of Germany, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Finland, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain and Switzerland.

Further afield, problems were recorded in South Africa, Egypt, Nepal and Pakistan, amongst other countries.

Some sources have even suggested American accounts have experienced some problems.

It appears, however, that the issue has cleared for most users. We’re certainly having no trouble accessing the site in the UK now.

Twitter has flared up with speculation on what has caused (or is potentially still causing) the outage, with some of the wilder theories including “hacking” (or rather denial of service) linked to LulzSec or Anonymous.

One tweet we spotted claimed: “There is an ongoing DDoS attack towards Facebook.”

In actual fact, it appears the issue is a DNS problem – although Facebook has yet to officially confirm this or make a statement on the outage.

Let us know in the comments section if you’re having trouble accessing your Facebook account.


Comments in chronological order (1 comment)

  1. Mick Sheppard says:

    My wife had issues accessing Facebook this morning via her laptop connected to our Virgin Broadband connection. I had no issues from my iPhone over O2 but its possible that the host addresses had been cached in the phone.

    I’m also having DNS issues with the playstation network over Vodafone as well.

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