Apr 22, 2011
In a previous post we looked at the current (as of this post – 22nd April 2011) outage of the Playstation Network which is officially explained as ‘Maintenance’. At the same time Amazon Web Services has also been brought down with the explanation there also being… ‘maintenance. Amazon Web Services, or AWS, is the online host for many websites including high profile sites such as digg.com and foursquare.com as well as smaller businesses such as hdsht.com.
Although the group known as ‘Anonymous’ is still claiming innocence over the issue it should be noted that Amazon was recently targeted by them when they stopped hosting wikileaks. In that attack, after Amazon were pressurised to stop hosting the wikileaks site by the American Government the online retail side of the Amazon company, Amazon.com was briefly taken offline by a DDOS attack.
However, judging by the length of time that both PSN and AWS have been offline it seems that they are being targeted by a group with a major axe to grind. Whether it’s Anonymous, TheRealAnonymous, or the TheContinuityAnonymous or some other band of miscreants is pretty much moot. The main cause of concern here is how these high profile services have not only been knocked out, but are continually disrupted with such apparent ease.
Happy reading and keep on gaming.