101739786-187265573.530x298One would have to question whether or not something more sinister is taking place behind the scenes such as a “Dry Run” on Cyber Attacks directed towards Social Networks and Cable Companies?  Why you might ask? A Short while back Charter Cable Network went down Nationwide following down time for Time Warner Cable as well that was never explained? The social media giant suddenly went dark for many desktop and mobile users Wednesday afternoon. The cause was not immediately clear. The company said it was looking into the matter. The status page for Facebook developers did not show any anomalies, though the data appeared to have been last updated prior to the outage. After roughly 20 minutes the site was back up for most people. The site also suffered notable outages in early August and mid-June. Facebook shares fell 1.1 percent, though they were lower before the outage.  The viral reaction to Facebook’s outage was almost instant on Twitter, as a number of brands tried to capitalize on the news in their favor. CNBC

Charter internet outages as of August 24Is massive DNS hack responsible for Charter Internet outage? –  Charter Communications, the fourth largest cable operator in the U.S., suffered major internet outages that some news outlets reported to be nationwide. Charter offers Internet to “more than 27.6 million customers in 29 states.” If you zoom out on the map, then you see why it appears to be a nationwide outage. Many customers took to DownDetector, which peaked at 7,982 reports of being down within the last 24 hours and over 8,000 on August 23. For today, August 24, the outage heat map shows reports of Charter still being down in “Homewood, St. Louis, Madison, Asheville, Plant City, Greenville, Ballwin, Athens, Chicago, and Birmingham.” On Saturday, Charter was reportedly also down in Boston, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas and Atlanta. Then late Saturday, Charter told the Associated Press that it “was aware of some customers experiencing Internet outages across its service area. Charter spokeswoman Kim Haas says the company is working to restore service and says the cause is unknown. She said the issues were ‘intermittent across parts of our footprint’.” – Full Story

80 percent of Time Warner Cable subscribers woke up without Internet this morning.
Time Warner Cable is recovering from a major Internet blackout after network problems led to a sudden disruption of service for all of its broadband subscribers nationwide, the company said Wednesday. The outage occurred at 4:30 a.m. Eastern time, according to company spokesman Bobby Amirshahi, and knocked out access to the Web for TWC’s 11.4 million residential customers who buy Internet service. That’s nearly 80 percent of Time Warner Cable’s entire residential customer base of 14.4 million. Full Story