Monday, December 13, 2010
Breaking News: Wikileaks Hacktivists Shut Down Amazon’s European Websites
Paul Joseph Watson
Sunday, December 12, 2010.
UPDATE: Amazon’s websites have just come back online. The down time was a good two hours. Twitter is still raging on the issue.
It appears that Wikileaks hacktivists have made good on their threat to take down one of the Internet’s global behemoths. Amazon’s European websites are down and inaccessible, costing the company untold millions on one of the busiest shopping days of the year in the run up to Christmas.
Firing the biggest salvo in what hacktivists have dubbed a new cyber-war, Wikileaks supporters have seemingly exacted revenge for Amazon removing Julian Assange’s website from its cloud network of servers at the behest of Joe Lieberman’s Senate Homeland Security Committee ten days ago.
“Catching you up to speed, it is entirely possible that Anonymous, the 4chan-started “hacking” group could be behind the down time. The group, which has tossed attacks at MasterCard, Visa and PayPal since the arrest of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has claimed in the past that it would target Amazon. It was widely known that Wikileaks was using the Amazon DNS services, and Amazon then pulled the site from the services due to its activities,” reports TheNextWeb.
I was personally trying to buy Christmas presents at around 8pm GMT on Amazon.co.uk. The website became increasingly lethargic before it went down altogether.
Amazon’s websites in France, Germany and Italy are also all offline at time of writing, although Amazon.com is still accessible at the present time.