March 8, 2012 by staff
Facebook Europe, Facebook was down temporarily in parts of Europe yesterday, with some users in North Africa also reporting problems. CERT.be, the federal cyberemergency team for Belgium, said Facebook was hit by a DDoS (distributed denial-of-service) attack.
The social network however said the site was unavailable in Europe because of technical difficulties, and had been restored, according to news reports.
Facebook did not respond to a request for comment on the outage.
The social network was unavailable for about an hour in Iceland, and came up again around 8.30am, said Birgitta J?nsd?ttir, a member of the Icelandic Parliament.
The outage led some users on Twitter to speculate that Facebook was attacked by the Anonymous group in retaliation for the arrests by US authorities of five alleged hackers.
“There is an ongoing DDoS attack towards Facebook. Accessing your Facebook account can temporarily fail,” CERT.be said in on Twitter.
Users on Twitter in a number of locations outside Europe, including Tunisia and South Africa also reported problems with Facebook.
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