A Hackers group collective known as Lizard Squad, who had recently hacked the Malaysia Airlines website, hinted that they may have had something to do with the outage faced by Facebook and Instagram on Tuesday morning.
Facebook and Instagram were down for about an hour leading to waves of panicky messages on Twitter, with people who were trying to figure out the situation.
Lizard Squad posted a cryptic message on their Twitter feed: "Facebook, Instagram, Tinder, AIM, Hipchat #offline #LizardSquad." The message was tweeted close to noon, from their Twitter handle @LizardMafia. The Tweet got nearly 4800 retweets.
"If only we didn't use twitter to communicate..." they tweeted soon afterwards, and followed it up with, "More to come soon. Site note: We're still organizing the @MAS email dump, stay tuned for that." @MAS is the Malaysia Airlines' official Twitter handle. The person behind the Twitter account also dared followers with a picture, asking them to "dox" him or reveal his real identity.
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Facebook responded with a statement that debunked the Squad claim: "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."
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