Facebook: Hackers Didn't Take Facebook Down, We Did

By Matt Hill on at

If, like us, you awoke groggily looking at a spiralling, non-updating Facebook on your phone and wondered if your internet was on the blink, you'll have by now realised that there was temporary trouble at Zuckerberg's data mill.

Yet while many were quick to leap to the "It must be hackers" conclusion, spurred on by a fairly transparent tweet by Lizard Squad itself…

…it turns out that this isn't what supposedly happened at all. According to Facebook, in fact, speaking to the BBC, it was Facebook itself who caused the issues.

"Earlier this evening many people had trouble accessing Facebook and Instagram," a spokeswoman told the BBC.

"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."

So there you go. It would certainly explain the relatively short amount of time down and the knock-on effects to hit both Instagram and Tinder. Although with Facebook not new to being threatened by hackers and with Lizard Squad seemingly looking for things to do at the moment, there could be more to come on this yet.

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