Who is to blame for Facebook, Instagram outages?

Avid social media users were probably hysterical and on the verge of a breakdown earlier on Tuesday (Jan 27) when Facebook and Instagram went down across the globe.

But all is well in the world again now that both social media giants are back online.

Were the outages the work of hacker group Lizard Squad?

A Twitter account that purports to speak for the group posted messages suggesting that it was behind the attack, which temporarily blocked several major web sites.

Several popular social networking sites and apps, including Tinder, AOL Instant Messenger and Hipchat,​ were unavailable for upward of an hour, according to user reports and Web monitoring sites in countries across the Americas, Asia and Europe.

Not the work of Lizard Squad

But a spokesman for Facebook told BBC that their technicians were to blame, reported Variety.

"Earlier this evening 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."

Lizard Squad has claimed to be behind the hacking of the Malaysia Airlines website on Monday (Jan 26).

The group also incurred the wrath of gamers last month when they took down Sony PlayStation Network and Microsoft’s Xbox Live network.

Here are hilarious tweets about how people coped during that trying one hour.













Sources: Reuters, Variety