Anonymous again? Amazon outage hits Reddit, Pinterest

A service outage for Amazon's Web Service (AWS) affected websites like Reddit, Flipboard, FastCompany, Heroku, Airbnb, Imgur, Pinterest and others late last night. It also seems that the outage affected some of Amazon's storage units on the US East coast, and thus these websites which are hosted by AWS went down.

According to TechCrunch, the outage started as a small issue affecting some instances of Amazon’s Elastic Cloud Compute (EC2) in North Virginia became a full-blown outage of AWS in North Virginia.

A member of the hacker group Anonymous claimed responsibility for the outage on Twitter. You can see that tweet below:

But CNET reports that Amazon has denied that this was a hacking attack but did not give any further details. CNET was asked to refer to the Amazon Web Services status dashboard.

Screengrab of Amazon's Web Service dashboard status.

It seems that services are now back for now. Reddit tweeted this out nearly 5 hours back, stating that the site was back.

Here are more tweets from Pinterest, Foursquare, Imgur and Flipboard on the outage

Published Date: Oct 23, 2012 12:42 pm | Updated Date: Oct 23, 2012 12:42 pm