Blackberry users around the world found that their Blackberrys were simply not working as they should. Both messaging and web-browsing were impacted, leaving many users high and dry in a day when millions depend on their Blackberries for business use. Europe, Africa, and the Middle East were hit with the Blackberry outage at the beginning of the week, with the U.S. joining the misery mid-week.
The growing backlash against the arrest of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, and the suspension of Internet hosting and financial funding services such as MasterCard, Visa and Paypal (through which Wikileaks was receiving donations) have led to retaliation by so-called ‘hacktavists’ in the form of DOS and other cyber-attacks against the websites of MasterCard, Visa, Paypal, and those Internet hosting and DNS services which have disconnected Wikileaks, in some cases bringing the services to their knees. Paypal was brought down yesterday, as were MasterCard and Visa.
We’ve had quite a few people contact us asking us whether AT&T online is down. And the answer is, yes it is – at least some portion of it is. People trying to log in to review their AT&T wireless accounts are being greeted with a message that says “Online access for Wireless and U-verse accounts is temporarily unavailable.”
If you are finding that Yahoo Groups is down, don’t panic. Yahoo Groups has a planned outage scheduled for Thursday, April 1st. While it is April Fools day, the notice actually went out on Wednesday, March 31st.
Twitter down? Hey, it happens, and sometimes it’s even planned! Twitter may be down for planned maintenance tonight – Tuesday, November 17th – sometime between the hours of 11:00 p.m. and 1:00 a.m. Pacific time (2:00 a.m. and 4:00 a.m. Eastern). That said, Twitter isn’t actually planning to be down that entire time – it’s more that they are planning maintenance, and so Twitter could be down at some point during those hours.
Is TMobile down? It sure is! Countless T-Mobile customers were left without either cell phone or data network services today, as the T Mobile network went down around the United States.
Users of the T-Mobile Sidekick have been without network coverage for as long as two days, with no relief in sight. Complaints started pouring into the Internet Patrol, as users found that the network was down, and they have no access to any data services (although they can still make telephone calls and some can send text messages – the Sidekick uses a data network provided by Danger, while phone calls and SMS still go out on T-Mobile’s own network).
Countless thousands across the country are without service this Labor Day Weekend as the Tmobile 3G and Edge data network which services the G1 Android phone went down, and remains down as of the time of this writing.
If you are using FireFox and the No Script add-on, you may find that you have trouble accessing Twitter. In fact, it may seem as if Twitter is down, because you will be unable to access Twitter while your browser just waits and waits.