Facebook and Instagram suffer outages, Lizard Squad prime suspect

By Jay Jay

Facebook and Instagram were among a few victims of outages this morning, a probable result of Lizard Squad's latest antics following the hacking of Malaysian Airlines website, PlayStation and Xbox gaming networks not so long ago.

Facebook was out of action in both web and mobile platforms, and users were greeted with "Sorry, something went wrong. We're working on it and we'll get it fixed as soon as we can" messages.

Instagram acknowledged the outage through an early morning tweet that said "We're aware of an outage affecting Instagram and are working on a fix. Thank you for your patience." The tweet was later deleted.

The outage seemed to have spilled over to other major websites as well that experienced slower than usual performance this morning. Both social media platforms are back at work, recovering from the fiasco that also stalled messaging application HipChat and dating application Tinder.

Lizard Squad fanned the flames by adding a somewhat celebratory tweet this morning. It went, "Facebook, Instagram, Tinder, AIM, Hipchat #offline #LizardSquad"

However, Facebook are pointing at a server outage for the network falling down. In a chat with The Guardian, they said:  “Earlier today 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.”

We'll bring in more details once they're available.

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