Facebook denies downtime due to hack

Facebook denies downtime due to hack

SINGAPORE - Social networking site, Facebook, has released an official statement to address the latest outage it faced.

A hacker group had claimed to be the ones behind the temporary outages, said a Reuters report. The group had previously been linked to various high-profile attacks.

However, Facebook has sinced refuted this with its official comment.

In a statement to the press, it said: "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 per cent for everyone."

Earlier today, internet sites including Facebook and its photo-sharing site Instagram were reported to have suffered temporary downtime for almost an hour in countries across the Americas, Asia and Europe.

A Twitter account that purports to speak for hacker group "Lizard Squad" posted messages suggesting that it was behind an attack that temporarily blocked several major web sites.

The outage occurred around 2pm Singapore time and the social media sites were down for about an hour.

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