I can only imagine what a big target FB is for the hacking world. This is not to say that this is a confirmed hack but what a big target it is. The iconic social network Facebook became inaccessible across much of the globe for about 40 minutes early today (pacific time), before returning to normal service.
Millions of users were unable to access their accounts. Users in some countries also had difficulties accessing photo-sharing app Instagram.
Facebook said it believed its own engineers had caused the problem, downplaying claims that a hacking group had been responsible. The FB spokesperson went on to state, “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.”
Dating app Tinder, which relies on Facebook to provide its service, was also affected by the problem.
A hacker group called Lizard Squad had tweeted about FaceBook offline, leading to reports that it might have been responsible. The group has been blamed for attacks at the end of last year that forced Sony’s PlayStation Network and Microsoft’s Xbox Live gaming services offline.