Amazon's European sites offline amid rumours of attack

On Sunday 12th December, from around 8.30pm, Amazon's European websites become unavailable. Service was restored by 9.45pm.

Recently receiving much attention for pulling the plug on hosting the Wikileaks website, rumours are circulating that hackers had attacked Amazon in retaliation.

A group known as Anonymous - a leaderless organisation - have recently been credited with several attacks on other services which had withdrawn service to Wikileaks, including Paypal and MasterCard.

Website-status.com shows the major outage, clearly with a complete lack of availability. While Amazon's down time could be due to hackers, it's certainly possible that it was an unrelated technical issue.

Openleaks

Meanwhile, a newly-formed whistleblowing website, OpenLeaks, plans to launch on Monday, run by former members of Wikileaks who became unhappy with the running of the site.

Julian Assange, currently in Wandsworth prison awaiting his extradition hearing, is said to have weakened Wikileaks by centering it around himself. Daniel Domscheit-Berg, one of the founders of OpenLeaks, said that Wikileaks had become "too much focused on one person, and one person is always much weaker than an organization."

Is Wikileaks doing the right thing?

While there are many strong opinions for and against Wikileaks, voteonwikileaks.com has begun listing these, allowing visitors to vote on the strongest points.

Last updated on 12 December 2010, at 23:44.