Facebook remains unaffected by Lizard Squad
After there was service outage in Facebook, Instagram and other Web 2.0 services, it was widely rumoured that the infamous hacktivist group Lizard Squad was behind the service outages. However, it seems that some unspecified technical problems were the reason why the services were disrupted.
Security experts were not convinced by the claims of Lizard Squad that it hacked the services. However, Facebook immediately dismissed the claims and admitted that the outage that lasted for an hour was a result of an unspecified technical problem.
Facebook said, “Facebook and Instagram experienced a major outage tonight from 22:10 until 23:10 PST. Our engineers identified the cause of the outage and recovered the site quickly.
You should now see decreasing error rates while our systems stabilize. We don’t expect any other break in service. I’ll post another update within 30 mins. Thank you for your patience.”
HipChat has said that database issues were the reason for the outage and Tinder made a reference to the snow storms that are currently wreaking havoc in the US and the megahack in Sony Corporation. It tweeted, “EVERYBODY PANIC! #Blizzard? North Korea? #TindernetApocalypse,” it said on Twitter.
Security expert Alan Woodward of the University of Surrey said, “The recent outage of Facebook and the subsequent speculation that it may be a cyber-attack demonstrates the difficulty in reporting cyber-attacks. However, the Lizard Squad had only to mention the problem on Twitter and it caused instant speculation that it was they who had caused the problem.”