Facebook down

Facebook appears to be down this morning due to what appears to be DNS resolution problems. Many DNS servers do not return any answer for www.facebook.com. Some appear to return but they may have just cached the name. Telneting port 80 of (one of the IPs to which www.facebook.com resolves) connects successfully to the facebook webserver:

x.local: telnet 80
Connected to www-11-06-prn1.facebook.com.
Escape character is ‘^]’.
GET / HTTP/1.1

HTTP/1.1 302 Found
Location: http://www.facebook.com/common/browser.php
Content-Type: text/html; charset=utf-8
X-FB-Debug: /RHMPTS4QVUO7q0DKj1MN8cPgiqXAQvxmLPo1qQR+bQ=
X-Cnection: close
Date: Wed, 07 Mar 2012 06:37:09 GMT
Content-Length: 0

A DNS query to one of the the facebook DNS servers (glb1.facebook.com []
glb2.facebook.com []) fails as below:


x.local: nslookup
> server
Default server:
> www.facebook.com
;; connection timed out; no servers could be reached

I got successful DNS queries from here. Twitter is catching fire with “facebook down” reports from Southern Europe and elsewhere at this moment. Are we set for a highly productive day around the globe or for severe withdrawal symptoms… 🙂

PS: It gets weirder. Reverse lookup on one of the IPs of www.facebook.com resolves properly while www.facebook.com does not:

x.local: nslookup
Non-authoritative answer:    name = www-12-02-ash3.facebook.com.
Authoritative answers can be found from:
nameserver = ns5.facebook.com.
nameserver = ns4.facebook.com.
nameserver = ns3.facebook.com.
internet address =
internet address =
internet address =
;; Truncated, retrying in TCP mode.
;; Connection to for www.facebook.com failed: connection refused.

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