Issue not related to DDoS attack, says Facebook as site goes down

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WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Mar 14, 2019, 09.31 AM (IST)

Facebook authorities said they were working to resolve the issue which led to the social networking site going down across several regions on Wednesday.

In a tweet on Thursday, the social networking site assured that they were working to resolve the issue as soon as possible. It also added that the issue was not related to Denial of service attack(DDoS).

"We're focused on working to resolve the issue as soon as possible, but can confirm that the issue is not related to a DDoS attack," the statement said.

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A DoS (denial-of-service) attack uses a single computer and internet connection to attack a target and shuts it down. A DDoS (distributed denial-of-service) attack, on the other hand, uses several computers and internet connections to do the same thing. 

A DoS attack is easier to fight back against since it would require the blocking of only one IP address. 

Many users across the world found their Facebook and Instagram accounts going inactive for hours.

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While numerous users said they were unable to access the site on mobile phones or computer screens, many others found it working on their phone.

Some users got a message on their Facebook screens saying the social networking site was down for maintenance purposes, but would be back up soon. 

Others just came up against a blank page. 

News reports said users were experiencing problems with their Facebook and Instagram in parts of US, Brazil, Peru, Colombia, Mexico and in some parts of Europe. 

The news reports also added that Google and Gmail had had issues too during the day. 

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In a tweet on Thursday, the social networking site assured that they were working to resolve the issue as soon as possible. It also added that the issue was not related to Denial of service attack.