Was Facebook hacked?

By Kirstin Buick
27 January 2015

Hackers from the online group Lizard Squad have hinted they are responsible for the down time.

Popular social networking sites Facebook and Instagram suffered widespread outage Tuesday.

The reason for the hour-long outage was initially unclear, but hackers from the online group Lizard Squad have hinted they are responsible for the down time.
The group of hackers also took credit for attacks on Sony PlayStation Network and Microsoft's Xbox Live network last month. Yesterday, the group claimed to have targeted The Malaysia Airlines website. Declaring the supposed attack part of their 'cyber caliphate', the hackers left a message saying '404 Plane Not Found', and an image of a lizard wearing a top hat and monocle smoking a pipe.

Facebook officials have not said exactly what caused the outage, but others speculate that the super-snowstorm over the east coast of the US may have affected the social media giants' servers.

The Facebook-owned image-sharing social network Instagram posted on its official Twitter page Tuesday that it was aware of problems and was "working on a fix". Facebook users were greeted by a message that read, "Sorry something went wrong. We're working to get things back to normal as quickly as possible."

Reports suggest that Tinder, MySpace, AIM and Hipchat also experienced downtime.

There are more than 1.35 billion active users on Facebook. Instagram has more than 100 million active users since the company launched in 2010.

Sources: Sapa, MailOnline, Gizmodo

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