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Cyber Attack Alert

FACEBOOK and its affiliated services are reporting severe outages across its network following a mysterious breakdown that has affected hundreds of millions of people.

Along with Facebook, its own messenger service and Whastapp and Instagram are all down. Users across social media are reporting seeing a 505 error message on Facebook. Mike Sington said: “Facebook, as well as WhatsApp and Instagram owned by Facebook, are all down.

Coincidence, after whistleblower levels major bombshells against Facebook or major hack taking them down?

Commenting on the outage, Ari on Twitter said: “How is WhatsApp, Instagram, Messenger, and Facebook all down at the same time like how does that make sense.”

It is unclear what caused the outage but issues were reported at 4.44pm BST.

When looking at trend aggregators, outages across all three major platforms began to be reported at similar times.

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Twitter down: Accounts can’t tweet just as celebrities hacked in bitcoin scam #Twitter #Hacking #Password

Cyber Attack Alert

Twitter users across the globe appear to be unable to tweet or reset passwords with the social media giant announcing an ‘incident’ – in the hours after multiple high profile figures saw their accounts hijacked

Twitter has told users they may not be able to tweet or reset passwords after an ‘incident’ – in the hours after numerous high profile figures’ accounts were hijacked.

Users across the world have been reporting issues with the social media site – in particular tweeting – in the hours after celebrities were hacked.

The likes of US presidential candidate Joe Biden, reality star Kim Kardashian and billionaire Elon Musk saw their Twitter pages used to solicit digital currency Bitcoin on Wednesday.

Those targeted appeared to be verified figures and influencers with large followings, and also included former US president Barack Obama, musician Kanye West and entrepreneur Bill Gates.

The cause of the breach was not immediately clear, but the unusual scope of the problem suggested that it was not limited to a single account or service.

More than an hour after the first wave of hacks – Twitter then took the extraordinary step of preventing at least some verified accounts from publishing messages altogether.

Verified users include celebrities and journalists, but also governments, politicians and heads of state.

And by Wednesday evening, regular unverified users have been reporting issues – though it remains unclear if these problems are linked. has been seeing a spike in reports of problems since around 10pm, from across the globe.

Forty-two percent are on the IOS app, 34 percent on the website and 22 on the Android app.

Twitter is yet to offer clarification but has said in a statement that users “may be unable to tweet or reset your password while we review and address this incident.”

“This appears to be the worst hack of a major social media platform yet,” said Dmitri Alperovitch, who co-founded cybersecurity company CrowdStrike.

Publicly available blockchain records show that the apparent scammers have already received more than $100,000 worth of cryptocurrency.

Some experts said the incident has raised questions about Twitter’s cybersecurity.

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#Facebook and #Instagram experience major #outage across continental #USA, #Europe, #SouthAmerica, parts of #Asia

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The world’s largest social media platform Facebook has experienced a major outage across the continental US on Thanksgiving with thousands of reports of problems flooding in to popular crowdsourcing site DownDetector.

Users reported outages across both Facebook and Instagram, which are both owned by the same company, but WhatsApp appeared to be unaffected by the issue as yet. All three apps share much of the same underlying infrastructure which can often create a cascade effect when a server goes down.

The Facebook platform began experiencing issues at approximately 9:17 EST. Though the majority of the reports stem from the US, there has also been reports of issues in Europe, South America and parts of Asia.

As expected during these outages, frustrated users took to Twitter to vent their dissatisfaction and concern that they may have to actually talk to their family members during Thanksgiving dinner.

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#Facebook images broken, #Instagram and #WhatsApp struggling too

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Starting at about 8:00 AM EDT, Facebook began having issues displaying any new images. At about the same time, Facebook image-sharing network, Instagram and its communications program WhatsApp began having similar problems.

Facebook wouldn’t admit to any problem for hours. In the meantime, users from around the globe are reporting issues on Twitter and DownDetector. While Facebook continues to run, people are primarily reporting that they’re unable to upload or view images.

In a statement sent just before 4 PM EDT, a Facebook representative finally addressed the elephant on the internet: “During one of our routine maintenance operations, we triggered an issue that is making it difficult for some people to upload or send photos and videos. We’re working to get things back to normal as quickly as possible and we apologize for any inconvenience.” No time has been given for a fix.

At first, when I encountered the problem, I was unable to upload new photographs. Now I find I’m unable to view many older images. I’m far from alone.

Instagram users are also struggling. Since Instagram is all about images, the site is essentially down.

WhatsApp users are in the same sinking boat. They too can’t share photos or videos.

Several hours later Facebook Messenger users also started reporting similar problems.

In theory, all these social networks and messaging services are still on different platforms. In practice, clearly, they’re at least all sharing media storage mechanisms since they’re all suffering from the same kinds of problems.

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#YouTube, other #Google services are down in North #America, some parts of #Europe

YouTube, other Google services are down in North America, some parts of Europe

Google services, including YouTube and Gmail, have been down this Sunday afternoon. The US has been apparently affected the most, according to user reports.

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