Given the timing of the outage for many of Facebook’s platforms yesterday – in the middle of the media storm surrounding a whistleblower from within the company sharing details of the social media giant’s potentially selfish decision making processes – lot’s of people were questioning whether this was a malicious attack against the company’s infrastructure. Alas, it was not, at least according to the engineering team at Facebook.
According an Infrastructure VP at Facebook, this outage stemmed from human error associated with a misconfigured BGP routing update. To be honest, this makes more sense versus a successful targeted external attack. Now, if you really wanted to go full on conspiracy theory, one could question whether the human error was intentional or unintentional, aka a distraction from the press coverage of the whistleblower. But that is not within my prevue.
This is yet another nail in the coffin for Blackberry, which is a coffin that should have been buried a long while ago. The shark has been jumped and the show has been cancelled. Move on. Sell the IP and move forward.
As I have mentioned several times, I believe a key component of a successful defense strategy against cyber crime is a strong community of IT Security Professionals working together to share threat information and remediate weaknesses. Threat Exchange by Facebook is a potentially good step in the right direction.