Cloud-based team collaboration tool, Slack down for unknown reasons, frustrated users take to Twitter and Facebook to vent their fury
Something is wrong with the Internet today. Earlier we had reported how almost all Microsoft services including Xbox gaming services were facing intermittent outage and users were reporting problems logging in. Next came the Instagram outage which left many wannabe photographers high and dry. Now the most popular collaboration App, Slack is down and out for almost 20 minutes and counting.
While the reason for the Slack outgate is not known. We are investigating whether there is any problem with any Internet service like Dyn DDoS attack which took down half the Internet in the United States or an Amazon AWS like outage caused by a coding error.
For the uninitiated. The name is an acronym for “Searchable Log of All Conversation and Knowledge. Slack is an App for Android, iOS, Windows, Linux, Mac and a Webapp for Chrome Browser. At its heart, Slack is an instant messaging and collaboration system on steroids. It allows compartmentalized messages, discussions and notifications by purpose, department or topic and is extremely popular among tech companies and developers. It allows users to send private messages, direct messages, share large files and search for collaborations.
The trouble at Slack first started at 8.38 am PST and swiftly all Slack users around the world started reporting problems.
Slack users immediately took to Facebook and Twitter to vent their fury against the outage.
@bluedonkey Indeed, we're experiencing some issues right now. So sorry for the troubles!
— Slack (@SlackHQ) March 7, 2017
Slack is Down https://t.co/vAFoItvbZe
— DobieCrypt Security (@DobieCrypt) March 7, 2017
Slack support team insisted that they were facing a small glitch and the services should be up and be running in few moments. We are conducting our own investigations for the Microsoft, Instagram and Slack outage and whether any hacker group was initiating a DDoS attack against these services.
Update: services are up now