Facebook denies hackers were behind its biggest EVER blackout: Firm blames a ‘database overload’ for locking users of the social network, Instagram and WhatsApp out for more than 14 hours – and some STILL can’t access their accounts

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 at around 5pm GMT (1pm ET) 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.

The current problems at Facebook certainly fit this pattern – with the social network, Instagram and WhatsApp also served by the same computer systems.

Experts aren’t convinced, however, saying that their internet monitoring systems have not detected any hack attack and that the issue appears to have come from inside the world’s largest social network.

Source: DailyMail

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