Facebook services spanning Whatsapp, Instagram, and Facebook itself have been shut down following an attempt to hijack the company’s domain name.
There has been a widely reported inability to access the services since Monday afternoon after a yet to be identified hacker nuked the DNS A; an address file that holds an IP address of the domain name and AAA records for Facebook, Instagram, and Whatsapp.
Earlier the company had tweeted about WhatsApp, saying, “We’re aware that some people are experiencing issues with WhatsApp at the moment. We’re working to get things back to normal and will send an update here as soon as possible.”
The main domain of Facebook company: Facebook.com is now available for purchase.
Details of the hack are yet to unravel.
Facebook.com was not sold. The Mac Observer reached out to GoDaddy, which owns Uniregistry Market, and it was learnt that a “third-party who doesn’t own Facebook.com attempted to list it for sale on Uniregistry.com and we inadvertently included it in search results.
“Because the third-party didn’t own or control the domain, it was never at risk of being sold and it remains with the current owner. The listing has been removed and is completely unrelated to any platform issues Facebook may be experiencing.”
Editor’s Note: This story was updated with GoDaddy’s account of what transpired.