Anonymous again? Amazon outage hits Reddit, Pinterest

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By Staff /  23 Oct 2012 , 12:42

A service outage for Amazon’s Web Service (AWS) affected websites like Reddit, Flipboard, FastCompany, Heroku, Airbnb, Imgur, Pinterest and others late last night. It also seems that the outage affected some of Amazon’s storage units on the US East coast, and thus these websites which are hosted by AWS went down.

According to TechCrunch, the outage started as a small issue affecting some instances of Amazon’s Elastic Cloud Compute (EC2) in North Virginia became a full-blown outage of AWS in North Virginia.

A member of the hacker group Anonymous claimed responsibility for the outage on Twitter. You can see that tweet below:

https://twitter.com/AnonymousOwn3r/status/260483940253585409

But CNETreports that Amazon has denied that this was a hacking attack but did not give any further details. CNET was asked to refer to the Amazon Web Services status dashboard.

Screengrab of Amazon’s Web Service dashboard status.

It seems that services are now back for now. Reddit tweeted this out nearly 5 hours back, stating that the site was back.

https://twitter.com/redditstatus/status/260410465694404609

Here are more tweets from Pinterest, Foursquare, Imgur and Flipboard on the outage

https://twitter.com/Pinterest/status/260498913507823616

https://twitter.com/4sqSupport/status/260458423978692608

https://twitter.com/imgur/status/260452033671348224

https://twitter.com/Flipboard/status/260555317530726400


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