Amazon: Faulty Upgrade Caused EC2 Outtage

Amazon’s multi day outtage on its Elastic Computer Cloud (EC2) started with a faulty upgrade to one of its East Coast facility just after midnight on April 21, the company admitted in a blog post on Thursday.

Amazon Web Service Down, No Timeline for Remedy

Amazon Web Service’s (AWS) Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2), based in Northern Virginia, went offline early this morning, taking with it a number of popular sites including, news aggregator Reddit and question and answer site (and TechCrunch darling), Quora.The Web hosting firm’s Relational Database Service

A new scam has been circulating the internet lately that aims to swindle Amazon sellers by generating fake receipts. Amazon Receipt Generator, an executable file, has been making the rounds on hacking forums for the last few months.

OK. It’s been just over a week since information leaking Web site Wikileaks released the first installment of leaked U.S. diplomatic cables, with each day bringing new documents from the purported hoard of some 250,000 pages, and new developments from a range of very pissed off Western governments.

The image of an open Amazon delivery box has a prominent place in the
latest spam campaign that aims to trick users into downloading an
alleged order update coming from the dot com giant. Read the full article. [Help Net Security]

If you’ve been doing some last minute Amazon holiday shopping on Wednesday evening, you’ve probably noticed that Amazon’s web site was sluggish and, at times, completely down; The same fate greeted Wal-Mart, Expedia, and a number of smaller sites. Read the full article. [Mashable]

U-Test has just completed a substantive, independent review of three major e-tailing sites–Amazon, Walmart and Target– and found a gaping cross-site scripting security hole in one of them. Read the full article. [The Last Watchdog]

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