(The Hosting News) – The scheduled attack against Amazon.com has been called off after it failed to make any impact on the site’s performance. The anonymous group stated the computers in its bot net were not able to take on the power of Amazon. This attack comes after Amazon continued to sell a Kindle book, by Heinz Duthel, featuring the first five thousand cables in the latest Wikileak. This was viewed as a hippocratic stance on Amazon’s part, since they had previously removed web hosting support for Wikileaks.
Multiple statements via the attackers’ Twitter page confirmed their “hive” was not big enough to take down Amazon. This is due in part to the exstensive design the company has undertaken to ensure whether, DDoS attack or holiday shopping, their services are unhindered by a heavy load. With their built-in capabilities to fend off DDoS attacks to a huge array of datacentres and cloud services, including EC2, Amazon allows for the rapid scaling of web hosting.
It’s European datacentre, which previously hosted Wikileaks, situates in Dublin and handles “more than a third of all internet facing web servers in Ireland” As stated by Netcraft. And with Ireland’s reputation to hosting many of the biggest technology firms it seems that Amazon has the infrastructure in place that will make it hard to bring down.
Operation Payback still intends to carry out a distributed denial of service attack against Amazon.com, but appear unable do so without more volunteers taking part in their bot net. The botnet currently contains around two thousand computers, each of which can receive attack commands from the group’s IRC network. It is likely that other computers are also involved in the attacks. The group’s network of IRC servers is under a fair amount of load, with some servers refusing connections, and others already at their user limits.