Facebook Gets An Upgrade

Facebook Upgrade Screenshot

Productivity across the country has soared 100% in the past half hour. That’s because nobody can currently use Facebook. I actually have to do real work now! Facebook is performing some upgrades. My guess is that these are nothing spectacular just the addition of servers and such. It’s kind of ridiculous that in this day in age Facebook needs to take down their entire site in order to perform upgrades. Maybe Facebook is preparing to release a new platform which protects all users from STDs and cancer. That would be pretty revolutionary. Unfortunately, I doubt that this is the case. Honestly I doubt there is anything major taking place except from the fact that they have had to take down the servers. That’s definitely one downside of having your business built on someone else’s platform. When they decide to go down, your business goes down. For now, it’s time for me to go try out some work related activities like reading email and other things that I have been avoiding.

Update
Given that even the Facebook page that says they are getting an upgrade is loading slowly suggest that there may be another issue at hand. I read a blog post this morning stating that Facebook was being hacked. Anybody know anything about this? Sounds like a denial of service attack. Although maybe I’m reading into this too much and you would expect that they have protection against DOS attacks.

Update 2
According to another blog, Facebook was down at 1:50 AM PST this morning and the Facebook wikipedia entry read the following:
“IT WAS RECENTLY HACKED BY CHRIS DOHERTY ON TUESDAY 31ST JULY. MANY PEOPLE HAVE BEEN AFFECTED, ESPECIALLY THOSE IN THE UK. CHRIS DOHERTY PROCLAIMED, ‘NOW PEOPLE MAY SEE THAT I AM THE TRUE CREATOR!'”

Update 3 – 2:30 PM EST
The site is back up. Not sure if we’ll ever know what happened!

Final Update
Facebook released the following statement:

This morning, we temporarily took down the Facebook site to fix a bug we identified earlier today. This was not the result of a security breach. Specifically, the bug caused some third party proxy servers to cache otherwise inaccessible content. The result was that an isolated group of users could see some pages that were not intended for them. The site has now been restored and we apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.