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Facebook blames internal error for outage and dismisses Lizard Squad claims


Facebook and Instagram suffered outages on Monday evening that left users unable to access the sites for almost an hour. Hacker group the Lizard Squad has claimed responsibility for the attack.

However, Facebook said in a statement that the outages were not the result of a hack, but of an in-house error.

"Earlier this evening many people had trouble accessing Facebook and Instagram," the firm said.

"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 percent for everyone."

Despite reassurances from Facebook, the Lizard Squad said on Twitter that it was responsible. It also claimed to have affected other web services Tinder, AIM and HipChat.

Facebook, Instagram, Tinder, AIM, Hipchat #offline #LizardSquad — Lizard Squad (@LizardMafia) January 27, 2015

The group has hit the headlines several times in the past few...(continued)

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