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Social Media Sites Fall Prey To Hack

Social Media Sites Offline Following Hack


Couldn't log into your Facebook this morning? Yeah, me neither.

It went down online and on mobile platforms as well. Facebook’s messenger app was also left offline.

It wasn't just Facebook either; Instagram, Tinder, AIM and Hipchat went dark for nearly an hour in the wake of yet another hack. MySpace was also apparently taken down. Because, that still exists. Who knew? 

It’s suspected that the ever irritating Lizard Squad are behind the hack due to them claiming responsibility for the attack, but there’s been no solid proof yet. Though, this hack like all others from our scaly friends smells strongly of a DDoS, the most basic and least dangerous of hacking tools. It basically just bombards sites with loads and loads of clicks and refreshes causing the servers to pack up and slow down. It’s not complicated to do and is easily fixed. We can see this as the outage only lasted 40 minutes. Lizard Squad might need to learn some new tricks soon, but I suspect they fear the repercussions of venturing out of their script kids playpen.

Lizard Squad were also responsible for the hack against PlayStationNetwork and Xbox Live over the Christmas period and just yesterday hacked theMalaysian Airlines website.

Once again, with all the other hacks there’s been no report of people’s information being revealed, so this hack proves to be nothing more than a bit of a nuisance. But then again, if you woke up at about 8pm GMT you probably missed the whole thing.

We’ll keep you posted as soon as we hear anything else.

But for now, just relax and wait for the next news to break of another member of Lizard Squad getting arrested. Shouldn't be long now. 

Update 11:15 GMT: Facebook have confirmed that the outage wasn't due to any third party attack, but was actually the fault of it's engineers.

'Earlier this evening 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 doesn't explain what happened to the other sites that were affected though. I can't help but wonder if Facebook are trying to cover up.

Check back for any more updates.

Tom Welby

Tom has just graduated from University of East London in Creative and Professional Writing. He loves writing and he currently manages, edits and writes for this blog. His other loves include Arnold Schwarzenegger films and his dog. Follow him @TomAtSMF

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