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Facebook has NEVER been taken down by hackers

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False information is being shared about the error which caused the outage of various social media networks which DEPEND on the Facebook Login function.

Today Facebook and other services like Instagram, Tinder, AOL messenger and Hipchat were struck by an error which disallowed people to login on their accounts via the Facebook login environment. The 50 minute outage was caused by an internal error which was created by the administrators that work for Facebook.

The cyber attack claims are false

As soon as the outage was active – various reports were shared that hackers were responsible for the Facebook outage. The LizardSquad (@LizardMafia) claimed to have launched an DDoS attack on Facebook and ISIS hackers also claimed that they took down the Facebook social media network.

Just take a look at the sources which claim that Facebook has been taken down by hackers:

The Guardian has performed some research and they have had contact with Facebook.

A Facebook spokesperson stated the following about the Facebook outage:

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.

Facebook has been down before

Did you know that this is not the first time that Facebook is having trouble to keep their environment online? The first time that the Facebook outage impacted a lot of people was on the 31th of July 2007. The Facebook 2007 outage was caused by the Facebook engineers which stated that they had found a bug and that they were going to fix it.

  • September, 24, 2010
  • October,21, 2013
  • June, 19, 2014
  • Augustus, 1, 2014
  • January, 27, 2015

From all the outages which have been identified above, NONE were caused by malicious hackers.

Stay calm

So stay calm when Facebook goes offline. Environments like Google, Facebook and Amazon are not taken down easily by DDoS attacks. Sure, some parts might go down – but the users will not experience difficulties, it might just be a little bit slower.

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