A couple of the most popular social networks Facebook and Instagram went down for at least 40 minutes on Tuesday, the official motivation is a technical outage, but the popular hacking crew Lizard Squad claims to have attacked the giants. The incident impacted also the mobile applications of Facebook and Instagram, which were not reachable for the same time.
“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 site.
The company also published the following statement on the incident:
“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.”
Waiting for further information on the incident, experts speculate that the attack is in Lizard Squad style, the group demonstrated to have the capabilities to hit and run the giants, Sony and Microsoft know the power of the team.
This group is demonstrating the ability to hit with DDoS attacks practically every adversary. Despite the recent arrests the team is continuing to operate, recently the hackers hit the website of Malaysia Airlines, also revealing a disconcerting link with IS.
Obviously the news became viral, hundreds of millions of users have gone into panic, it is proof of the high number of threads and post appeared on the network.
“The hashtag #facebookdown has recently appeared on Twitter. The hashtag already tops Worldwide Trends on Twitter. The websites of the Tinder matchmaking mobile app and Hipchat instant messaging are also down.” reported RT.com. “The hashtag #ThingsIDidWhenFacebookWasDown has also become popular on social media.”
— RT (@RT_com) 27 Gennaio 2015
Despite there are no official news regarding the event, on the Internet is circulating the image of Norse – IPViking Live attack map that displays a DDoS attack against servers in the US.
The unique certainty is the media coverage of the incident. The total number of users belonging to the platforms involved far exceeds one billion. In September 2014, Facebook has about 1.35 billion monthly active subscribers while Instagram counts on more than 150 million monthly active users.
UPDATE Jan 27
“Contrary to suggestions hacker group Lizard Squad took out Facebook, there was almost certainly no attack on the social network and its photo sharing property Instagram, which both went down late last night. According to a source with knowledge of the matter, the downtime was the result of a technical foul up. Facebook is now confirming this in statements to media.” reports Forbes.
(Security Affairs – Lizard Squad, Facebook, Instagram)