The NBI sought help from the United States’ Department of Justice because the site’s domain was bought from a U.S.-based web hosting company. The site itself was hosted in Russia. But even without the searchable site, the leaked data is still out there.
This story was updated at 1:05 p.m. ET.
Visitors to Facebook.com were greeted by the message, “Sorry, something went wrong” instead of the usual Facebook homepage when visiting on the web, starting at about 12:30 p.m. Eastern Time on Thursday. Facebook’s mobile apps didn’t appear to be affected.
Facebook’s app status dashboard shows a “major outage” beginning at approximately 12:30 p.m. ET. The service reports its key Facebook Graph API — the core software that apps use to read and write to Facebook — became unavailable at that time. Read more…