Facebook and Instagram taken offline as Lizard Squad hackers hint at responsibility

Facebook and Instagram were both taken offline this morning around 1AM ET, with hacker group Lizard Squad hinting that they may have been responsible. The social network’s help site for developers reports downtime on both Facebook and Instagram’s API servers “from 22:10 until 23:10 PST.” The note adds that “our engineers identified the cause of the outage and recovered the site quickly.”

Tinder also reported being knocked offline, sending a tweet earlier this morning saying: “EVERYBODY PANIC! #Blizzard? North Korea? #TindernetApocalypse.” The site said that it had recovered an hour later, reassuring users: “PS: Your matches aren’t gone, just logout and log back in!” Work messaging client Hipchat was also affected, and claims it is still…

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