Who Took Down Facebook & Instagram? Well, IT WAS LIZARD SQUAD!

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The reported ‘glitch’ that brought down Facebook , Instagram and Tinder in Asia, the US, Australia and the UK for no less than 40 minutes on January 27 was not caused due to any ‘self-inflicted outage’ as stated by Facebook; the social media platforms were in fact hacked by Lizard Squad which just a day ago took down Malaysia Airlines website for no rhyme or reason.

The ‘attack’ affected access from PCs and mobile versions of both websites; the social media giant’s Instagram service was also inaccessible. Attempts to access Facebook and Instagram over multiple sites had returned “this webpage is not available” and on Safari, “the server where this page is located isn’t responding”. “Sorry, something went wrong. We’re working on it and we’ll get it fixed as soon as we can,” said a message on the Facebook website. The dating app Tinder, which relies on Facebook to provide its service, was also affected.

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Later Facebook in a statement said: “Earlier today many people had trouble accessing Facebook and Instagram. This was not the result of a third party attack but instead occurred after we introduced a change that affected our configuration systems. We moved quickly to fix the problem, and both services are back to 100% for everyone”. This image shows how the ‘attack’ unfolded:

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Social media addicts freaked out on Twitter to complain and joke, and soon hashtags like #ThingsIDidWhenFacebookWasDown #facebookdown and #SocialMeltdown2015 started trending:

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9 COMMENTS

  1. What a ridiculous waste of talent and time. Hacking sites just for the hell of it shows you can do it and also how useless Lizard Squad really is. If they want accolades for anything or recognition then maybe they should put their skills towards more ‘useful’ ventures. Thumbs down Lizard Squad. You are wasting my time.

  2. Here I thought it was because of the storm coming up from the northeast coast of the states. LOL. I survived. Watched a movie, did some reading, had supper and went to bed. Amazing!

  3. To: anonhq.com

    ANONYMOUS is no longer Idle. If you’re new to anonymous, let’s try something simple on it to become a part of the operation on this thug people website, it will be taken down,Its vulnerable terrorist! shut down this site, its also related to Isis against innocent kurdish people.
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  5. 1. Facebook was down only for 10 minutes.
    2. Nothing like LIZARD SQUAD was involved.
    3. Good way to attract lots of viewers.

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