On Tuesday 27th January, Facebook suffered a worldwide outage.
For around 40 minutes the website was completely inaccessible, disrupting the websites 1.3 billion users. Individuals were also reporting issues while using Instagram (which has a further 300 million users) and the dating application Tinder.
Initially credit was given to the Hacker group Lizard Squad, when they posted a cryptic tweet, which read: “Facebook, Instagram, Tinder, AIM, Hipchat #offline #LizardSquad.” The group were also blamed for the Sony PlayStation Network hack last year.
After users began to panic, a Facebook spokesperson later stated that: “This was not the result of a third-party attack but instead occurred after we introduced a change that affected our configuration systems.”
Despite Facebook taking responsibility, some sources are advising users to change all their passwords and review their privacy settings.
The moral of the story? Providers should always have a reliable contingency plan in place.