Facebook temporarily unavailable – January 27, 2015

Facebook was unavailable for about an hour today. Not sure what happened but this is what I found when I tried to browse FACEBOOK.COM

facebook unavailable - January 27, 2015

UPDATE: From further search on this issue I came to know that the famous Lizard Squad (Black Hat Hacking Group) is responsible for the Facebook down issue. A huge DOS attack has taken down Facebook, Instagram and other social media sites.

Lizard Squad - Black Hat Hacker Group

WhatsApp, Line and MyPeople Blocked in Bangladesh

WhatsApp Line and Mypeople blocked in Bangladesh

Three more instant messaging and Internet calling software got blocked in Bangladesh – just one day after blocking another popular program Viber. From an unconfirmed source – I could learn that these are blocked till 21st January with an excuse of security concern.

Although officials said these will be unblocked by 21st January – but many are fearing it will not be. The government blocked Youtube earlier a couple of years back. Many other Google services were interrupted due to this block. It took a long time for the unblock that time.

Whatever the reason for the block the Government may provide – it is never accepted positively among the users. The new generation is highly dependent on these services – which are known to be famous for their free text messaging and Internet voice calls.

Skype, Google Talk (Hangout) and Facebook calling services are still running fine but many are fearing blocks might be imposed on these too.

 

Viber and similar Instant messaging services are blocked in Bangladesh

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The Government of Bangladesh has blocked Viber and similar popular instant messaging and Internet calling services in Bangladesh. Bangladesh Telecom Regulatory Commission (BTRC) has sent a letter to all the mobile operators and International Internet Gateway (IIG) providers to shut the services of these services.

While most of the users of Mobile operators are unable to use these services – some other ISP users are still able to use Viber and those blocked services.

Source: Dhaka Tribune.