On Thursday, February 14, the work of the major Russian social network Vkontakte failed. In VK groups appeared the same link to the post, which was reported that users will now see ads in private messages.
Soon the administrators of the social network reacted and stopped the failure. The vulnerability was completely closed for 20 minutes. Subsequently, representatives of VK apologized for the inconvenience. At the moment, the work of the social network is fully normalized.
After some time, it turned out that the massive hacking was done by hackers who for a year tested the social network for various vulnerabilities and identified the bug. However, the administration of VK has not paid them a reward for finding and eliminating vulnerabilities in the code.
According to them, they did not purposefully report the only error in the code that they used to remind themselves. However, they noted that they did not harm users.
An interesting fact is that the Russian State Duma demanded an investigation of the incident. Alexei Zhuravlev, State Duma Deputy, said that it could be the intervention of the United States or Britain. At the moment, these publications are removed from the network.