Amazon’s homepage went down for about 51 minutes this afternoon in an highly unusual outage. Visitors to the site received an ‘Http/1.1 Service Unavailable’ message, although Amazon Web Services was still up and running. This is the most significant outage Amazon has experienced in years. A group of hackers called the NaziGods are claiming responsibility on Twitter, however sources with knowledge of the event deny that it was related to any outside group.
Estimates put Amazon’s sales-per-minute at over $100,000.
We have reached out to the company for comment and are waiting for a response. In the meantime, you may continue buying panini-makers and Kindles in peace.
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