Facebook, WhatsApp, and Instagram not down due to Cyber Attack outage


Though the world’s leading social media giant Facebook claims that it has recovered from an eight-hour outage, many people across the world are using Twitter to vent out their anger on the issues still being faced with Instagram and WhatsApp- which are now Facebook’s business subsidiaries.

A group of users on Twitter and Reddit have also claimed that the prolonged outage was caused by the distributed denial of service (DDoS) cyber attack launched on Facebook servers on Wednesday afternoon which is suspected to be the work of state-funded actors residing somewhere in the eastern part of the world.

As a slew of websites crashed shortly after noon (Eastern Time), users have been reporting a ‘total blackout’ of services from 3 Pm of Wednesday afternoon as they were unable to refresh the services.

Thus, despite much speculation that the services were hacked, Facebook issued a public statement a couple of hours ago saying that the blackout was caused by a technical glitch and not by any state-funded actors.

The Mark Zuckerberg led company says that the problems with its platform have been resolved and the ongoing issues with Instagram and WhatsApp are being sorted out.

Many users are complaining that they can send text messages on WhatsApp, but the image and video sending feature has been experiencing glitches due to the crash of servers primarily in urban areas across United States, Europe, India, Australia and some parts of Russia.

Some Twitter users are posting sarcastic messages that Facebook might be busy loading new algorithms to help ease selling of data to marketing companies, as a result of which they are either forced to go offline or unable to refresh their homepages or news feeds.

Naveen Goud is a writer at Cybersecurity Insiders covering topics such as Mergers & Acquisitions, Startups, Cyber Attacks, Cloud Security and Mobile Security

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