Why attackers can’t take down Amazon.com
The website “attacking group” that calls themselves “Anonymous” tried to take down amazon.com on Thursday. The have tried and succeed at taking down other sites such as the websites for the Motion Picture Association of America and the Recording Industry Association of America. However, when they tried to take down the amazon.com site, the group failed. Amazon has spent years perfecting their system which makes it almost impossible to crash. The site has an elastic infrastructure called EC2 which is specifically designed for extreme spikes in user traffic; especially due to the massive numbers during December’s huge online sales. If the site were to go down for even a few minutes during this time of year, Amazon would loose millions of dollars of potential revenue. Amazon has such a large capacity for traffic, they actually host other websites on top of their own including New York Times, Second Life, Etsy, Playfish, the Indianapolis 500 and the Washington Post. This past week, “Anonymous” launched an attack on the site. They have previously crashed mastercard.com and put severe pressure on both the Visa and PayPal sites in an attack they deemed “Operation Payback”. They don’t attack the sites through hacking in but rather just sending massive amounts of traffic through the sites in attempt to crash the server. Within an hour of trying to crash Amazon, they realized that they did not have enough “forces” to take down the site and instead tried again to take down PayPal.