FACEBOOK, INSTAGRAM & WHATSAPP DISASTER – DNS WITHDRAWN – WHISTLEBLOWER – HACKER OFFER GENUINE DATA

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As the US site Privacy Affairs, which specializes in security, announced, hackers have just offered the data of 1.5 billion Facebook users for sale. Including the names, email addresses, places of residence and telephone numbers of those affected. A first data check showed that it is probably real user data from the social network. The Facebook, Messenger, Instagram and Whatsapp pages have been offline for hours for unknown reasons.

Facebook user data is offered for sale on a relevant hacker forum. This comes at a strange time. On the one hand, Facebook is currently under fire from investigative journalists and whistleblowers. The Wall Street Journal has been publishing the “Facebook Files” – insider reports about the company for days – which show that it is deliberately acting to harm humanity. Even EU politicians have been pushing for an investigation since then. On October 4th, the pages of Facebook, Messenger, Instagram, Oculus VR and Whatsapp (all belong to Facebook) suddenly went offline without warning. The reasons for this are puzzling. Apparently the corresponding DNS entries for the domains are missing and have not been restored in the last few hours.


Now Miklos Zoltan reports for Privacy Affairs about a huge “data dump” that is being sold by hackers. 1 million Facebook user data is traded for 5,000 US dollars. A test buyer received random samples, the examination of which indicated real, valid data records. Facebook claims to have nearly 2.9 billion user accounts. The hack would accordingly affect half of these accounts. But it is conceivable that it affects all active accounts. Social media giants like to inflate their user numbers to impress shareholders and advertisers. Objectively, their numbers cannot be checked.


The article in Privacy Affairs claims that the data could be obtained without hacking. “Scraping” would have been used – in simplified terms, several techniques for collecting data without having to illegally break into other computer systems. However, this is contradicted by the fact that the dump should contain the whereabouts of the people, the telephone numbers and the e-mail addresses, which, depending on the setting on Facebook, are usually not publicly visible. Scraping can also be carried out through surveys or competitions, where users voluntarily enter or have their data read out. It remains to be seen whether this is plausible with 1.5 billion accounts.

The article in Privacy Affairs claims that the data could be obtained without hacking. “Scraping” would have been used – in simplified terms, several techniques for collecting data without having to illegally break into other computer systems. However, this is contradicted by the fact that the dump should contain the whereabouts of the people, the telephone numbers and the e-mail addresses, which, depending on the setting on Facebook, are usually not publicly visible. Scraping can also be carried out through surveys or competitions, where users voluntarily enter or have their data read out. It remains to be seen whether this is plausible with 1.5 billion accounts.


The entertaining theory of a medium that Facebook would only work in Iran, on the other hand, can confidently be relegated to the realm of fairy tales and myths. The official statement from Facebook is similarly meaningless, where people euphemistically say that “some people would have problems using Facebook’s services”. In fact, it is all people in the world.

We’re aware that some people are having trouble accessing Facebook app. We’re working to get things back to normal as quickly as possible, and we apologize for any inconvenience.


Facebook currently does not work worldwide – and not only for all users but also internally, for all of their own employees. The failure started around 5:30 p.m. – no solution was in sight until 9:00 p.m. Allegedly, Facebook employees also have massive problems communicating with each other. There would be people on site at devices where a solution would be possible – but they would have no contact with those colleagues who have the login data. The internet giant has not yet made a reasonable statement as to what the reason for the problem is.

  • Jim Salter (@jrssnet) October 4, 2021
    In various expert forums it is rumored that an update with configuration changes was installed just before the failures. A source known as u / ramenporn stated that Facebook’s network engineers locked themselves out when they made the change. There is no evidence of an outside attack. The statements from u / ramenporn have since been deleted from Reddit. Allegedly, “locking out” would even have an impact in the real world – Facebook employees couldn’t even get into the building because the electronic locking systems were failing.

Facebook shares experienced their worst session in nearly a year, falling 4.9% to $326.23 for their worst single-day percentage decline since a 5% fall on Nov. 9, 2020. The stock outpaced a 1.3% loss on the S&P 500 index and a 2.1% loss on the tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite Index.

The decline followed a national broadcast of a whistleblower’s allegations that the social media network placed profits before safety. Late Sunday, ViacomCBS Inc.’s news program “60 Minutes” aired an interview with former Facebook data scientist Frances Haugen, who alleges that the social-media giant has been deceiving investors about how it has been dealing with hate speech and misinformation on its platform.

Haugen provided thousands of pages of documents to The Wall Street Journal, which formed the basis of the publication’s The Facebook Files series. Haugen is scheduled to testify before Congress on Tuesday morning and is also seeking whistleblower protection in complaints filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Adding to all of that was a widespread outage of Facebook services, including Instagram and WhatsApp, that started just before noon Eastern time. Even the status dashboard Facebook uses to communicate its availability to developers was not working Monday.

A Facebook spokesman took to Twitter Inc.’s platform to confirm the issues.

“We’re aware that some people are having trouble accessing our apps and products,” spokesman Andy Stone said. “We’re working to get things back to normal as quickly as possible, and we apologize for any inconvenience.”

While Facebook did not go into further detail on the cause of Monday’s outage, experts said on Twitter that it appeared to be a problem with the company’s domain-name system, or DNS.

This issue has made it look like the Facebook.com domain is up for sale.

Jack Dorsey, the founder of Twitter poked fun at the outage on Monday, wondering “how much” it would cost to buy the Facebook.com domain.