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The web site has been unavailable since around 11:20 am PST with a "Http/1.1 Service Unavailable" message and nothing else.  It is possible to access the site through, but not through http.  Were they hacked or attacked or sabotaged?  In this day and age of redundant hardware it is hard to believe that an Amazon would suffer such a massive failure.  

amazon unavailable

Interestingly, the stock price took an immediate hit as well with a 3.85% decline since the outage started. It will be very interesting to hear just how much revenue Amazon lost in that 1/2 hour.


12:10 pm update: After a good 40 minutes, some of the farm servers came back up, but now everything went down hard again.  Some pages show a new error message:

amazon unavailable 2

Stock price  -4.11%.


12:30 pm update: Down for more than an hour. No explanation yet.  Somebody is sweating bullets...

12:40 pm update: Site seems to be back up again with the exception of some crucial pages like the shopping cart. The outage only affected the US site, none of the international domains.

Stock price - 4.40%.

Posted on Friday, June 6, 2008 11:40 AM Stuff | Back to top

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