If you are trying to buy some of those all-important gifts for Christmas right now via Amazon, and you live in Europe you will encounter a problem.
Currently, at the time of writing, all of the online retailer’s sites in Europe are inaccessible. Twitter is awash with the news, with speculation that WikiLeaks supporters Operation Payback could have something to do with the downtime.
Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry of Business Insider is reporting that previously the group of hackers had decided not to hit Amazon as it was a too big target. Andrew Chen a Gawker writer Tweeted that he was in an Operation Payback IRC channel, and that “they’re hitting MasterCard as far as I can tell. They’re confused about Amazon downtime.”
Maybe Operation Payback has decided to hit Amazon, and given the time of year cause as much disruption as possible. Regardless of why Amazon is currently down, consumers will be frustrated not being able to access the site, with many looking elsewhere to make their purchases.
Have you been trying to make a purchase on Amazon?