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Posted on August 12, 2011 by Jennifer Pointer

As you may know, Facebook is a pretty big, international site.  So, when it goes down, it's kind of a big deal. At least on Twitter.  It happened this week for a lot of people.  The explanation for what happened is a bit complicated, so I've created bullet points.  Stay with me, here.

 

 

There are some reports indicating that the anonymous hackers who originally made the threat may have been a disenfranchised splinter of the original "Anonymous" hackers, but no one seems to know for sure.

 

I was explaining all of this to my mother, who does not own a computer today, and she just shook her head and said, I don't see who "won" anything in all of this.  I don't either.  People who depend on Facebook being up to earn money from ad revenue lost.  People who are used to communicating via Facebook lost.  The hackers were semi-successful but only by accident, and no one even really knows who they are. 

 

This whole event should be a contender for that list of "stupid criminals" that goes around every year.  I think we've all learned an important lesson here, although I'm not sure what it is. 

 

Have a good weekend, everyone!  And remember, Guy Fawkes Day is in November.  Just FYI.

 

 

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