October 4, 2021

Facebook — along with Instagram and WhatsApp — went down globally today. Basically, someone deleted their BGP records, which made their DNS fall apart.

…at approximately 11:39 a.m. ET today (15:39 UTC), someone at Facebook caused an update to be made to the company’s Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) records. BGP is a mechanism by which Internet service providers of the world share information about which providers are responsible for routing Internet traffic to which specific groups of Internet addresses.

In simpler terms, sometime this morning Facebook took away the map telling the world’s computers how to find its various online properties. As a result, when one types Facebook.com into a web browser, the browser has no idea where to find Facebook.com, and so returns an error page…

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Network provider Beanfield Metroconnect has become Elevate‘s official telecommunication partner. Under the partnership, Beanfield Metroconnect will upgrade Elevate’s internet infrastructure with fibre-optic connectivity to support larger digital events and live streams. The upgrade also promises better connectivity for Elevate’s in-person venues, such as Elevate Exchange. As an innovation hub, Elevate frequently hosts events for networking […]

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As the world has changed over the past 18-months, companies have been wrestling with ways to keep employees and data protected as they support new ways of hybrid working. We built Windows 11 to be the most secure Windows yet with built-in chip to cloud protection that ensures company assets stay secure no matter where work happens.

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Facebook has blamed a configuration mistake for the world-wide outage of its Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp and other services on Monday. “Our engineering teams have learned that configuration changes on the backbone routers that co-ordinate network traffic between our data centers caused issues that interrupted this communication,” the company said in a statement late Monday. “This […]

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Interesting story of test-takers in India using Bluetooth-connected flip-flops to communicate with accomplices while taking a test.
What’s interesting is how this cheating was discovered. It’s not that someone noticed the communication devi…

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Today’s podcast reports on an upcoming meeting of nations to combat cyber attacks, why using multifactor authentication and password recovering the right way is vital and more

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Some Albertans can add their vaccine passports to their Apple devices, crypto platform accidentally sent $90 million to its users, and Internet Explorer loses Google’s support. It’s all the tech news that’s trending right now, welcome to Hashtag Trending! It’s Monday, October 4, and I’m your host, Tom Li. On October 1st, Alberta rolled out […]

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Ransomware – malware that aims to prevent victims from accessing their data unless they pay their attackers – seems to be in the news more than ever before. Sophos’s most recent annual ransomware survey, The State of Ransomware 2021, found that 37% of organisations surveyed in 2021 had been affected by ransomware in the previous year. Although this is a year-on-year reduction (51% of surveyed organisations were affected in 2020), the threat remains significant. The only real way of beating ransomware attackers is to avoid paying them. Paying ransoms is seldom a good idea. By doing so, you confirm that

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