Amazon: Web problem due to hardware, not hackers

December 13, 2010

(AP) -- Internet retailer Amazon is denying that pro-WikiLeaks hackers were responsible for the failure of its websites in several European countries.

Amazon sites were offline for about half an hour in Britain, France, Germany and other countries late Sunday, leading to speculation they could have been targeted by online "hacktivists."

But Amazon said Monday that the problem "was due to hardware failure in our European data center network" and not a attack.

A loose-knit group activists who use the name "Anonymous" has launched attacks on companies that have cut ties to secret-spilling site , including Visa, MasterCard and .

But they said last week that Amazon was too big a target to bring down.

Explore further: UK fears pro-WikiLeaks attacks on gov't websites

0 shares

Related Stories

WikiLeaks dropped by domain name provider

December 3, 2010

(AP) -- WikiLeaks' American domain name system provider, EveryDNS, has withdrawn service to the wikileaks.org name after the secret-spilling website once again became the target of hacker attacks.

Dutch police investigate apparent hacker attack

December 10, 2010

(AP) -- Police said Friday they are investigating if hackers were responsible for taking down websites of police and prosecutors in the Netherlands after the arrest of a 16-year-old for involvement in a cyberattack on several ...

Protests, cyber-skirmishes rage over WikiLeaks

December 10, 2010

(AP) -- Skirmishes raged across cyberspace between WikiLeaks supporters and the companies they accuse of trying to stifle the group, with websites on both sides of the battle line taken out of service or choked off by attacks.

WikiLeaks website kicked off Amazon's servers

December 1, 2010

(AP) -- Amazon.com Inc. forced WikiLeaks to stop using the U.S. company's computers to distribute embarrassing State Department communications and other documents, WikiLeaks said Wednesday.

Amazon's UK site selling WikiLeaks excerpts

December 9, 2010

(AP) -- Portions of the diplomatic cables contained in WikiLeaks are available for sale on Amazon's U.K. website, an odd twist after the company ousted the organization from its hosting service.

Recommended for you

What do you get when you cross an airplane with a submarine?

February 15, 2018

Researchers from North Carolina State University have developed the first unmanned, fixed-wing aircraft that is capable of traveling both through the air and under the water – transitioning repeatedly between sky and sea. ...

0 comments

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.