Hacking group Lizard Squad claims responsibility for Facebook outage


Hacking group Lizard Squad said Tuesday it was responsible for an outage that took down a handful of major social networks including Facebook, Instagram and Tinder overnight.

If confirmed, it would be the latest eye-catching hack by a group that came to prominence last year by its repeated Distributed Denial of Service attacks on networked computer games. The group also claimed to have made a successful attack on the Internet in North Korea in December, in what appeared to be a retaliation for the allegedly North Korean-ordered hack of Sony Pictures to stop it releasing “The Interview”, a comedy about a plot to assassinate President Kim Jong-Il.

However, Facebook later denied it had been hacked, telling the Wall Street Journal that the outage was due to a “change that affected our configurations systems.”

Facebook and Tinder users suffered an outage of just under an hour, while Instagram users were…

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