When automation rains on your parade

Automation isn't always a good thing. Based on reporting of Facebook's outage on March 13, it sounds like they might have out-automated themselves doing a little network configuration. Initial speculations included the usual suspects: hackers. Facebook soon countered that story line saying that it ruled out a DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) attack. The [...]

Config errors better than hackers?

The Facebook downtime event on January 27th, where an hour-long outage at Facebook cut off access to critical status updates worldwide in addition to Instagram posts and Tinder hook-ups, shows the sensitivity of large organizations to public perception of hacking threats. The Lizard Squad hacking group, which apparently took control of the Malaysia Airlines website [...]