Online retailer Amazon’s website disruption over the weekend was not due to cyber attacks on the company, it has been revealed.
A statement from an Amazon spokesperson revealed that there was a “brief interruption” to the business’s European retail sites in the UK, France, Germany and Italy because of “a hardware failure in our European data centre network”.
They added that there was no distributed denial of service (DDoS) attempt by pro-WikiLeaks online movements such as Anonymous, which targeted Mastercard, Visa and PayPal at different stages last week.
A DDoS is when a multitude of compromised systems attack a single online target, causing usability problems for those attempting to access that particular site.
Major companies remain nervous that campaigns to bring down websites could continue as Christmas approaches, with Anonymous saying last week that it wants to raise awareness about “underhand methods” used by businesses to damage whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks ability to function.
However, the aim of the activists’ is not to disrupt people’s Christmas shopping.
A press release from Anonymous, published on Friday, said: “After the potential attack on Amazon was so advertised in the media, we felt that it would affect people such as co consumers in a negative way and make them feel threatened by Anonymous.
“Simply put, attacking a major online retailer when people are buying presents for their loved ones, would be in bad taste.”