After a brief outage, Facebook and Instagram are both up and running. While Facebook has yet to acknowledge the outage, Instagram put up a tweet saying, “We’re aware of an outage affecting Instagram and are working on a fix. Thank you for your patience.” Also Read - Instagram will now show ads on Reels just like StoriesAlso Read - Facebook smartwatch to feature cameras alongside fitness functions: Yes, detachable cameras!
At the time of filing the story, both the services are back up, but neither of the companies has revealed the reason behind the outage. There is however a possibility that hacker group Lizard Squad took down the websites, along with AIM, Tinder, Hipchat and MySpace. As mentioned above, the companies have yet to confirm if the outage was caused due to DDoS attacks. Also Read - What happens to your Facebook account after you die?
The Lizard Squad has come under the limelight having taken down the Sony PlayStation Network and Xbox Live on Christmas Eve, and hacking the Malaysia Airlines website over the weekend. The Lizard Squad s own stresser tool website was also jeopardised a few days ago, with all internal information of the users leaked out online briefly.