The websites of popular social media networks Facebook and Instagram were offline for just under an hour on Tuesday “due to a technical outage”. The Lizard Squad, a hacking group, claimed responsibility for the attacks.
Facebook, Instagram, Tinder, AIM, Hipchat #offline #LizardSquad
— Lizard Squad (@LizardMafia) January 27, 2015
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Later Facebook wrote in a statement that the engineers had managed to identify the cause of the outage and “recovered the site quickly.”
Facebook, launched on February 4, 2004 by Mark Zuckerberg, now has 864 million daily active users, according to information from Facebook newsroom, September 2014. It also has about 1.35 billion monthly active subscribers.
Instagram, an online photo-sharing, video-sharing and social networking service, was launched October 6, 2010, and since then it has garnered more than 150 million monthly active users.
A Facebook spokesman said in a statement emailed to CNBC that the outage “was not the result of a third party attack but …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 percent for everyone.”