Amazon was offline in Europe on Sunday

^ Amazon denied it was subject to a DDoS attack – instead it claimed one of its servers went down.

All of Amazon’s websites within Europe were taken offline for nearly an hour on Sunday evening in a DDoS attack which has been blamed on a splinter group within the online hacker group Anonymous.

The hacktavists declared war on Amazon after it refused to host the online whistleblowing site Wikileaks.

Amazon has a fairly strong cloud structure so taking it down would have required a concerted attack. Even then, the site was not down for long and has now been restored.

While Anonymous was the obvious suspects, and the group had previously stated that it  wished to bring down Amazon’s servers, last week it withdrew the threat.

In a statement about earlier attacks Anonymous said that any more attacks would affect people  in a negative way and make them feel threatened by Anonymous. “Attacking a major online retailer when people are buying presents for their loved ones, would be in bad taste.”

Over the last week, there has been some fragmentation amongst hackers about the best way to carry out cyber protests to defend Wikileaks. If the attack has anything to do with Anonymous then it would probably be a breakaway group that feels more proactive action is needed.

The Sydney Morning Herald  quoted one hacker as saying that he was disillusioned with Anonymous saying it “couldn’t organise a piss-up in a pub”.

A successful series of attacks was countered by a bunch of Right-Wing American hackers who feel that Wikileaks is part of a communist plot designed to bring down the glorious US empire which was appointed by God to rule the world.

The right-wing hackers, dubbed “Operation Fightback” took out Anonymous’s software which is called Low Orbit Ion Cannon (LOIC) which launches attacks from an Internet Relay Chat (IRC) channel. Operation Fightback disabled the IRC channel.

The Sydney Anonymous member said his colleagues were “really just ordinary dumb shit kids” who do not know much about network technology.

They spent most of their times going after the wrong targets, going for web rather than DNS servers. But they didn’t know enough about network technology to work that out, he said.

Anonymous members were “script kiddies” who only knew how to download the LOIC program and run it. He called them unprofessional, illogical and irrational and that their actions are based on emotions. They did not organise well,  he moaned.