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Lizard Squad claim responsibility for Instagram, Facebook DDoS attack

Published: 19/Nov/2019 3:06

by Andrew Amos

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Black hat hacking organization Lizard Squad has claimed responsibility for attacks on Instagram and Facebook Messenger on November 18, which saw the services go down for millions of users across the world.

Popular social media sites Instagram and Facebook Messenger went down for about an hour on November 18, leaving users unable to message and scroll through the sites. 

It was speculated to be an attack on Facebook servers originally, but now a hacking group has stepped forward to take responsibility for the outages that affected users primarily in North America and Europe.

Lizard Squad noted on their Twitter page on November 18 that they were the group behind Facebook’s platform-wide outage. 

“Try sending a message through Instagram, Facebook Messenger,” the group stated. 

The outage, which was suspected to be a distributed-denial-of-service (DDoS) attack, overloaded Facebook’s servers, leaving users unable to access the website’s themselves. Messages were not sending or being sent over Messenger and Instagram, while posts were not posting and loading on Facebook.

Lizard Squad are a veteran hacking organization who have been flung back into the spotlight after a spate of recent attacks. Fortnite, Modern Warfare, and the UK Labour Party have all fallen into the notorious group’s targets.

However, their attacks haven’t gone unnoticed by authorities, with a UK-based member of the Lizard Squad reportedly arrested on November 16 after the Labour party attack.

That attack garnered wide-spread media attention after the group allegedly accessed party leader Jeremy Corbyn’s bank account, hitting the party hard in the middle of an election campaign in Britain.

Facebook and its associated services are operational as of now, so users should be able to use Instagram, Messenger, and other sites without any disruptions. 

Facebook are yet to release a statement on the November 18 attacks, but we will update you when they do.

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Police hunt for suspect after hoax hostage situation at Ubisoft Montreal

Published: 13/Nov/2020 19:45 Updated: 14/Nov/2020 0:37

by Theo Salaun

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Reports indicate that there is an ongoing hostage situation involving dozens of people at Ubisoft Montreal’s headquarters in the Mile-End neighborhood of Montreal, Quebec. There have been no confirmed injuries.

Update (7:35 p.m. ET): Ubisoft Montreal have released a statement regarding the hostage situation. “We are extremely relieved this was resolved without incident and we’d like to thank you all for your support and kind words.”

No injuries were reported at the offices. Montreal Police are launching a full investigation into the call.

Update (5:04 p.m. ET): All of the Ubisoft Montreal’s building occupants are being safely evacuated by Montreal’s police force and the police have joined local news in suggesting that the situation was, in fact, a hoax perpetrated by a call within the Ubisoft headquarters. No suspect has been identified or apprehended at this point, but the SPVM are actively investigating.

Update (4:04 p.m. ET): While local news outlets are reporting that the hostage situation was a hoax, Montreal’s police force have indeed confirmed that there appears to be no active threat and that the building’s occupants are being evacuated.

Update (3:33 p.m. ET): Little is known about the police force’s ongoing activity in attempts to enter the building, but CTV News reports that Ubisoft’s employees have been told, via company memo, to “hide in an area that locks and to keep quiet.”

Update (3:00 p.m. ET): Heavily armed Montreal police tactical units are approaching the building and preparing to make entry. Dozens of employees remain on roof and no injuries or negotiations with the suspects have been reported thus far.

Update (November 13, 2020 at 2:49 p.m. ET): Police appear to have barricaded off the daycare at Ubisoft Montreal’s headquarters, at least 50 employees have barricaded themselves atop the building’s roof, and tactical police units have blocked off surrounding streets and appear to be preparing to make entry. Current reports indicate that there have been no injuries thus far, according to local news on the scene.

With numerous reports and tweets from local news and Ubisoft Montreal employees, respectively, it appears that a hostage situation is unfolding at the company’s headquarters but that all employees are safe. 

In the afternoon, it was reported by Quebec’s TVA Nouvelles that dozens of hostages were being held at Ubisoft Montreal’s building on Saint Laurent Boulevard. This ongoing situation was echoed by Montreal’s police department, who put out public announcements to avoid the area due to the police’s efforts there.

Shortly after, numerous employees, including Programming Project Lead Gavin Young and a Production Marketer for Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla, tweeted that they were indeed safe and sound despite what was happening in the building.

Although ‘Valskuiken’ tweeted that they would be going home, it appears that a large conglomerate of employees have made their ways to the building’s roof and have barricaded themselves up there by blocking off the door to the exterior.

Further, reports from TVA Nouvelles indicate that a ransom request has been made by the suspects, but it is unclear what has come of it as police continue to operate in the vicinity.

At present, it appears that numerous employees are safe but it is unclear what is precisely happening with the situation given the multi-floor building’s space and large occupancy. At least 50 employees have made it to the roof, wherereports show they are holding up safely. However, in anticipation of the police force making entry into the building, it seems that ambulances and a tactical police force are arriving to the scene.

As reports indicate, the tactical forces approaching the building include numerous police officers, tactical police units, and heavier vehicles. There have been no indications of injuries thus far, so it appears that the ambulances are predominantly a precautionary measure.

We will be continuing to update this page with updates as they come in and as the Montreal police force and local news provide information to the public about the current circumstances.