Amazon not downed by Anonymous

Despite reports to the contrary, Amazon's servers weren't downed by a DDoS attack by Anonymous.

As we reported last night, the on-line retailer's European sites disappeared from the net for around half an hour prompting wild speculation that the company had come under attack.

While our attempts to confirm or dismiss the speculation proved fruitless, Reuters has managed to get word from Amazon that the outage was down to a hardware failure in its European data centre network.

"The brief interruption to our European retail sites earlier today was due to hardware failure in our European datacenter network and not the result of a DDoS attempt," a spokeswoman for Amazon told the news wire.

Not letting the facts stand in the way of a good story, however, News International has sniffed out an opportunity to keep the fear factor high and outrage set to max.

Fox news reported on a report from the London Telegraph which pinned the blame on Anonymous based on one disappearing Tweet. While that report was posted last night and Fox obviously couldn't be bothered to ask Amazon what was going on - maybe the cost of the phone call was prohibitive - the yarn has subsequently been trotted about by Sky News this morning in the UK hours after Reuters had got to the bottom of the affair.

Its fable, entitled Amazon taken down by Wikileaks hacktvists is here, but do yourself a favour and don't read it.

Both Fox and Sky are owned by Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation, an organisation that has made a fortune peddling cobblers for decades now.