Facebook denies it was hacked after 14 hour Instagram and WhatsApp outage

Facebook has denied it was hacked despite the most severe outage in the firm’s history that kept users locked out for more than 14 hours.

Reports began at around 4pm GMT (12pm GMT) yesterday that the Facebook ‘family’ of appS, including Messenger, Instagram and WhatsApp, were down.

Mark Zuckerberg’s firm has blamed a ‘database overload’ on its network of servers for the downtime, rather than an external attack.

Speculation is growing online that the outage was the result of distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack, although the firm says this was not the case. 

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Facebook has denied it was hacked despite the most severe outage in the firm's history that kept Instagram and WhatsApp users locked out for more than 14 hours.  Social media users in parts of the US, Europe, South America and Japan were worst hit

Facebook has denied it was hacked despite the most severe outage in the firm's history that kept Instagram and WhatsApp users locked out for more than 14 hours.  Social media users in parts of the US, Europe, South America and Japan were worst hit

Facebook has denied it was hacked despite the most severe outage in the firm’s history that kept Instagram and WhatsApp users locked out for more than 14 hours.  Social media users in parts of the US, Europe, South America and Japan were worst hit

Hackers regularly attempt to take big companies like Facebook offline, often through the use of DDoS attacks.

These attacks attempt to crash a website or online service by bombarding them with a torrent of data at exactly the same time  

The surge of simple requests overloads the servers, causing them to become overwhelmed and shut down.

Hackers often use  botnets – networks of computers brought under their control with malware – to launch these attacks.

The current problems at Facebook certainly fit this pattern, leading social media users to question whether this is the real reason behind the outage. 

Facebook creaked back into action today after a 14-hour outage for some users as insiders admitted they were ‘racing to spin up new machines as others go down’.

Social media users in parts of the US, Europe, South America and Japan were worst hit by the problems which also affected its apps Instagram and WhatsApp.

The problems resulted in Facebook’s most severe outage in its history.

The last time Facebook was disrupted to a similar extent a was in 2008, when the website had 150m users – compared to around 2.3billion monthly users today.

A source told NBC Bay Area its database was ‘overloaded’, adding: ‘We are racing to spin up new machines as others go down. Mostly resolved… but it takes time.’

Facebook insisted it had not been targeted by a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack

Facebook insisted it had not been targeted by a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack

Facebook insisted it had not been targeted by a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack

WHAT IS A DDOS ATTACK? 

DDoS stands for Distributed Denial of Service. 

These attacks attempt to crash a website or online service by bombarding them with a torrent of superfluous requests at exactly the same time.

The surge of simple requests overload the servers, causing them to become overwhelmed and shut down.

In order to leverage the number of requests necessary to crash a popular website or online service, hackers will often resort to botnets – networks of computers brought under their control with malware.

Malware is distributed by tricking users into inadvertently downloading software, typically by tricking users into following a link in an email or agreeing to download a corrupted file.

Issues with accessing the website began yesterday – and by this morning most users had their service restored, although some people could still not log in.

Facebook, which gets much its revenue from advertising, was still investigating the overall impact today ‘including the possibility of refunds for advertisers’.

A Facebook spokesman tweeted shortly before 6pm last night: ‘We’re aware that some people are currently having trouble accessing the Facebook family of apps. 

‘We’re focused on working to resolve the issue as soon as possible, but can confirm that the issue is not related to a DDoS attack.’ 

Facebook has not yet provided a further update, but at 4.40am Instagram tweeted an image of Oprah Winfrey screaming and said: ‘Anddddd… we’re back.’

Social media users flocked to Twitter to complain about the outage, with more than a third of affected Facebook users reporting a ‘total blackout.’

Others said they could not refresh the News Feed or log into their accounts. Similar problems cropped up on Facebook Messenger at roughly the same time.

Meanwhile Instagram users reported being unable to refresh the feed, log in, or access the desktop site, while Messenger users were not receiving messages. 

Many people said they turn to Twitter to check if other websites are down, noting that the platform is always ‘standing strong’ despite service issues elsewhere.

Others took the opportunity to joke about Facebook’s recent privacy scandals, with one saying: ‘Pages won’t load. I’m sure they’re busy loading new algorithms to sell your data and spy on you better and more efficiently.’

Facebook users expressed their outrage on Twitter with the #facebookdown hashtag. ‘Ya’ll, I haven’t gotten my daily dosage of dank memes and I think that’s why I’m cranky. #FacebookDown,’ user Mayra Mesina tweeted.

In a DDoS attack, hackers use computer networks they control to send such a large number of requests for information from websites that servers that host them can no longer handle the traffic and the sites become unreachable.

‘I survived the great social media outage of 2019’: Celebrities, politicians, and even Denny’s post hilarious memes and crack jokes on Twitter after Facebook, Instagram and Whatsapp ALL went down for at least eight HOUR

By Anneta Konstantinides For Dailymail.Com

The world had to go on without Facebook, Instagram, and Whatsapp yesterday, and even celebrities couldn’t help but panic a little. 

Hollywood took to Twitter along with thousands of people across the globe to complain or crack jokes about the social media outage. 

Bachelor star Colton Underwood called out Instagram for shutting down on the very day he was allowed to publicly flaunt his new relationship following the show’s finale.

‘Yo @instagram I just went public with my girlfriend last night and I have to post a few more pictures of us to be annoying/show her off,’ he said, referring to Bachelor winner Cassie Randolph. ‘Can you fix yourself soon?’ he added. 

Mindy Kaling, who has long been active on Twitter, hoped that the Instagram and Facebook outage would win her some new fans. 

Bachelor star Colton Underwood called out Instagram for shutting down on the very day he was allowed to publicly flaunt his new relationship following the show's finale

Bachelor star Colton Underwood called out Instagram for shutting down on the very day he was allowed to publicly flaunt his new relationship following the show's finale

Bachelor star Colton Underwood called out Instagram for shutting down on the very day he was allowed to publicly flaunt his new relationship following the show’s finale

Even Denny's got in on the fun, using the social media breakdown as the perfect time to advertise its hours

Even Denny's got in on the fun, using the social media breakdown as the perfect time to advertise its hours

Even Denny’s got in on the fun, using the social media breakdown as the perfect time to advertise its hours

Mindy Kaling, who has long been active on Twitter, hoped that the Instagram and Facebook outage would win her some new fans

Mindy Kaling, who has long been active on Twitter, hoped that the Instagram and Facebook outage would win her some new fans

Mindy Kaling, who has long been active on Twitter, hoped that the Instagram and Facebook outage would win her some new fans

‘Instagram and Facebook are down so here we are. Crossing my fingers this is my best performing tweet yet #instagramdown,’ she joked. 

Tommy Wiseau, star of cult classic The Room, also took the opportunity to welcome new fans who may have stumbled upon his account during the outage.  

‘Facebook is down ! Instagram is down ! Welcome to my twitter !’ he wrote, including a video of himself telling everyone to ‘have a groovy time’. 

Even Denny’s got in on the fun, using the social media breakdown as the perfect time to advertise its hours. 

‘Instagram and Facebook are down but Denny’s is always open,’ the diner quipped. 

Democratic Rep Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez joked that the Instagram outage meant she couldn't document her furniture shopping trip to her millions of followers

Democratic Rep Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez joked that the Instagram outage meant she couldn't document her furniture shopping trip to her millions of followers

Democratic Rep Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez joked that the Instagram outage meant she couldn’t document her furniture shopping trip to her millions of followers

Lindsay Lohan had a simple message for Instagram, although it was unclear if she believed she had the solution or just wanted to complain to someone personally

Lindsay Lohan had a simple message for Instagram, although it was unclear if she believed she had the solution or just wanted to complain to someone personally

Lindsay Lohan had a simple message for Instagram, although it was unclear if she believed she had the solution or just wanted to complain to someone personally

Tommy Wiseau, star of cult classic The Room, took the opportunity to welcome new fans who may have stumbled upon his account during outage

Tommy Wiseau, star of cult classic The Room, took the opportunity to welcome new fans who may have stumbled upon his account during outage

Tommy Wiseau, star of cult classic The Room, took the opportunity to welcome new fans who may have stumbled upon his account during outage

Democratic Rep Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez joked that the Instagram outage meant she couldn’t document a furniture shopping trip to her millions of followers.

‘Is Instagram still down? Bc after 2 months almost furnitureless in DC I am trying to take you all on the riveting adventure of getting: a chair,’ she tweeted. 

Lindsay Lohan had a simple message for Instagram, although it was unclear if she believed she had the solution or just wanted to complain to someone personally. 

‘@instagram please contact me,’ she tweeted. 

Former Nickelodeon star Josh Peck took the opportunity to fire off a number of jokes at the expense of Instagram influencers and the sponsored content often on display in the app

Former Nickelodeon star Josh Peck took the opportunity to fire off a number of jokes at the expense of Instagram influencers and the sponsored content often on display in the app

Former Nickelodeon star Josh Peck took the opportunity to fire off a number of jokes at the expense of Instagram influencers and the sponsored content often on display in the app

Former Nickelodeon star Josh Peck took the opportunity to fire off a number of jokes at the expense of Instagram influencers and the sponsored content often on display in the app.

‘With Facebook and Instagram down, 250 models just became dental hygienists,’ one tweet read. 

‘With Facebook and Instagram down, every Fit Tea has filed for bankruptcy,’ Peck joked in another. 

Even Instagram had to take to Twitter to explain the situation. 

‘We’re aware of an issue impacting people’s access to Instagram right now. We know this is frustrating, and our team is hard at work to resolve this ASAP,’ it wrote.  

Many just took to Twitter to post the selfies and videos they would have posted on Instagram, while others were having plenty of fun posting memes about the so-called social media crisis

Many just took to Twitter to post the selfies and videos they would have posted on Instagram, while others were having plenty of fun posting memes about the so-called social media crisis

Many just took to Twitter to post the selfies and videos they would have posted on Instagram, while others were having plenty of fun posting memes about the so-called social media crisis

But many just took to Twitter to post the selfies and videos they would have shared on Instagram, while others were having plenty of fun posting memes about the so-called social media crisis. 

‘God I’m so happy Instagram is still not working, I hope it stays down, finally the hot people will have to come here and learn to be funny to get attention like the rest of us,’ joked Marie Le Conte. 

‘I ATE TWO MEALS INSTAGRAM AND I WAS NOT ABLE TO POST THEM. MY FANS ARE GOING TO THINK I AM STARVING,’ one user tweeted. 

One Twitter user posted a picture of Tom Anderson, the founder of Myspace, and wrote: ‘My man has been waiting for this day’. 

Many joked about people's panic over the social media blackout, while others poked fun at themselves for simply going straight to Twitter

Many joked about people's panic over the social media blackout, while others poked fun at themselves for simply going straight to Twitter

Many joked about people’s panic over the social media blackout, while others poked fun at themselves for simply going straight to Twitter 

‘All Instagram models realizing they have to look for new jobs since they are now unemployed,’ another user quipped. 

Comedian John Fugelsang joked about how he would explain the event to his children.   

‘Son, I wasn’t alive for the Donner Party or Pearl Harbor; but I am old enough to remember when both Facebook and Instagram were down at the same time during that terrible winter of ’19,’ he tweeted.  

Others joked about the panic that Instagram and Facebook must have been feeling during the global outage

Others joked about the panic that Instagram and Facebook must have been feeling during the global outage

Others joked about the panic that Instagram and Facebook must have been feeling during the global outage 

Even Instagram had to take to Twitter to explain the situation to its users on Wednesday

Even Instagram had to take to Twitter to explain the situation to its users on Wednesday

Even Instagram had to take to Twitter to explain the situation to its users on Wednesday 

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