It took nearly three days for the service to stagger back to its feet
Hacker group Lizard Squad took down both Microsoft and Sony’s online gaming networks on Christmas Day with denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks that continued into the wee hours of Friday, December 26, 2014. (The attacks supposedly came to an end when the hackers agreed to Kim Dotcom’s offer of 3,000 free vouchers for premium Mega accounts in exchange for stopping the DDoS campaign). While Microsoft was able to get its Xbox Live service back up and running on Friday itself, Sony’s PlayStation Network (PSN), for some inexplicable reason, continued to remain offline for over two days after the DDoS campaign against it came to a halt.
Judging by some of the hysteria on Twitter and other social sites, the relatively brief outage of several Google services on Friday, including Gmail, nearly signaled the end of the world as we know it. Luckily for mankind, Google was able to restore its services within an hour, and much sooner for many users, thus narrowly dodging an apocalypse, though not before being hit with a stone that was thrown from Yahoo's glass house.
Menlo Park, we have a problem. Users are reporting issues with posting status updates to Facebook this morning, as apparently a sitewide error is disrupting the service. Not only are some users hampered from posting status updates, they also can't send messages, upload photos, or even "Like" posts. In other words, for those affected, the interactivity portion of Facebook is not working.
Have you ever wondered what would happen to the Internet if Google suddenly decided to shut down its operations? It wouldn't quite be on the scale of what some people feared prior to Y2K (planes wouldn't drop from the sky, for example), but it sure would lead to online chaos, given our dependency on Google's varied services, Users in several southern states and parts of the midwest got a taste what a Google-less life would be like yesterday during a temporary outage.
GoDaddy, the largest ICANN-accredited registrar on the planet, claims it wasn't a hacker that disrupted service for millions of customers, just incompetence. The registrar didn't actually use that word, but it did deny reports that an Anonymous-affiliated hacker attack or distributed denial of service (DDoS) were to blame. To make up for the SNAFU, GoDaddy has been sending out emails to its customers to let them know they'll be credited for a month of service for each active/published site.
Online encyclopedia site Wikipedia was generally unavailable around the globe this morning after two cables stretching between Tampa, Florida and Virginia were cut this morning. Depending on location, Wikipedia was either completely dark or extremely slow loading, It took a little over an hour to repair the severed cables, and then another hour to restore service.
Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, may we have your attention. All is right in the world this morning, and you may all commence firing off breakup emails, work communication, chain letters, and whatever else you might use your Gmail account(s) for. Google's popular email service is back up and running after suffering a severe outage that potentially affected up to 35 million Gmail users yesterday.
Earlier today we reported that Verizon Wireless was experiencing its second data outage in as many weeks. Well, shortly ago Big Red gave the all clear saying that it fixed the issue an that all users should be back up and running. Any issues you are still having are entirely your own fault.
Verizon Wireless appears to be suffering from more problems on its data network all across the U.S. as customers from coast to coast complain of both 3G and 4G outages. This is the second time in less than a month that Verizon Wireless has had trouble with its data network, with no specific reason given for the last time wireless customers had to contend with spotty connectivity.
Following a three-day outage that disrupted the flow of data and services for millions of BlackBerry customers around the world, services are finally starting to come back online. Research In Motion posted an update on its website announcing that "BlackBerry services are operating well globally," though it's still not clear when RIM's backend infrastructure will be firing on all cylinders.