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Facebook Bug Temporarily Cripples Huge Portion of Internet
"Yeah, Whoops" Says Facebook
by Karl Bode 08:34AM Friday Feb 08 2013
A small bug in a line of Facebook code temporarily rendered a huge swath of websites, including CNN, Gawker, The Washington Post, and The Huffington Post -- inaccessible. Users trying to access those sites were redirected to a borked Facebook page instead of the requested content. In typical spokesperson fashion, a statement issued to the press by Facebook significantly underplayed the scope of a problem. "For a short period of time, there was a bug that redirected people logging in with Facebook from third-party sites to Facebook.com. The issue was quickly resolved, and Login with Facebook is now working as usual."

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ke4pym
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join:2004-07-24
Charlotte, NC

3 recommendations

Thank you browser add-ons

Special thanks to Adblock and Ghostery for keeping this mess off my workstations.
openbox9
Premium
join:2004-01-26
Germany
kudos:2

1 recommendation

Re: Thank you browser add-ons

And simply not trusting Facebook to access other content.
brianiscool

join:2000-08-16
Tampa, FL
kudos:1

1 recommendation

Adblock filters are getting sloppy. I notice some ADS getting through now surfing websites :/
luisortega

join:2010-08-31
Osceola, IA

1 recommendation

Re: Thank you browser add-ons

Do you have the "Allow some non-intrusive advertising" unchecked? It's checked by default and I haven't noticed any ads getting through lately.

Packeteers
Premium
join:2005-06-18
Forest Hills, NY
kudos:1
i use Ghostery & WOT (i see no reason why you need to use adblock too) - and noticed a sluggishness when visiting various media sights recently - i wonder if it's tied too all those unresolvable facebook links.

Morac
Cat god

join:2001-08-30
Riverside, NJ
kudos:1
I like Adblock except that it is bloated. It causes Firefox to use an additional 60 MB of memory.

Packeteers
Premium
join:2005-06-18
Forest Hills, NY
kudos:1
Reviews:
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Re: Thank you browser add-ons

unload adblock and see if this helps instead;

»www.abelhadigital.com/hostsman

it blocks all the ad IPs using no resources
well before you even open your browser
and you don't even have to keep it loaded
unless you need to enable ads on the fly.

ArrayList
netbus developer
Premium
join:2005-03-19
Evanston, IL

Re: Thank you browser add-ons

is there a way to do something like this on my router?

n2jtx

join:2001-01-13
Glen Head, NY

1 recommendation

said by Packeteers:

unload adblock and see if this helps instead;

»www.abelhadigital.com/hostsman

it blocks all the ad IPs using no resources
well before you even open your browser
and you don't even have to keep it loaded
unless you need to enable ads on the fly.

I used to do that but some ad server IP's also host legitimate content. I started getting to many broken links and found that AdBlock was really the only solution for me. Add in Ghostery to prevent tracking and everything works pretty well.
--
I support the right to keep and arm bears.

Packeteers
Premium
join:2005-06-18
Forest Hills, NY
kudos:1
Reviews:
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Re: Thank you browser add-ons

yes, i do concede hostsman can occasionally block something commercial you may want - here is a case in point; last summer i started playing a new mmo from a new publisher who freely admitted in their FAQ they were accumulating data for marketing research and university study programs, so naturally hostsman blocked one or both of these entities which in turn disabled part of the game launcher, so in order to play i had to disable hostsman. about 2 months later their blacklists were updated to allow this game to run unfettered. so desirable content may rarely get blocked, but eventually it does seems to sort itself out - and i have since returned to using hostsman without further incident.

BF69 Fan

@charter.com
in a world where the average new pc has 8 gigs of ram. 60 is an issue?

zoom314

join:2005-11-21
Yermo, CA
Reviews:
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·Time Warner Cable

Re: Thank you browser add-ons

said by BF69 Fan :

in a world where the average new pc has 8 gigs of ram. 60 is an issue?

8GB? Mine has 16GB, but yeah 60MB isn't really a big issue, My browser does better than that, more like 1810MB at the moment....
praetoralpha

join:2005-08-06
Pittsburgh, PA

Noscript

Yet another reason that proves Noscript is practical.

NotTheMama
What Would Earl Do?

join:2012-12-06

Facebork'd

Duh.

PaulHikeS2

join:2003-03-06
Manchester, NH

Apparenty this only affected people logged into Facebook

So things are a bit over stated here, as often happens. Makes me glad I don't use Facebook, though.
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Jay: What the @#$% is the internet???

Metatron2008
Premium
join:2008-09-02
united state

2 recommendations

Don't worry guys.

It's just Facenet becoming self aware.

Maxo
Your tax dollars at work.
Premium,VIP
join:2002-11-04
Tallahassee, FL

Resume

I'd put that on my resume if I wrote that line.
"Temporarily brought down teh Internets ... like a boss"
me1212

join:2008-11-20
Pleasant Hill, MO

Re: Resume

Everyone would fear you. that would be awesome.
Rilly

join:2007-10-26

Scope of Impact not totally accurate...

It wasn't just affecting sites that you logged in via facebook account to a 3rd party site... one site I use was redirecting and I never login via facebook account

axiomatic

join:2006-08-23
Tomball, TX

Untangle + AdBlock

Run AdBlock off of an Untangle VM acting as router. Pure win.

Transmaster
Don't Blame Me I Voted For Bill and Opus

join:2001-06-20
Cheyenne, WY

Re: Untangle + AdBlock

"Facebook working as usual"....har-de-har-har
LowRider

join:2006-06-23
Douglasville, GA

hate social media logins

Just another reason to hate login in from an account like this. Definitely find how its becoming the norm for logging in

CptSpaulding

join:2009-07-21
Cincinnati, OH

Re: hate social media logins

that and the fact you are giving Facebook permission and the site your on to hand your info back and forth to help see what your interests etc are... Never use these logins!

imanon

@comcast.net

what problem

facebook.com is DNS sink-holed to a local webserver on my LAN ...so I never noticed this.

Forget about logging in and tracking, I just don't need to see that damn "like" button all over the place.