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Businesses The Internet IT Suffers Outage: Nearly $5M Down the Drain? 173

First time accepted submitter Brandon Butler writes ", the multi-billion online retail website, experienced an outage of unknown proportions on Thursday afternoon. Rumblings of an outage began popping up on Twitter at about 2:40 PM ET. Multiple attempts to access the site around 3:15 PM ET on Thursday were met with the message: 'Http/1.1 Service Unavailable.' By 3:30 PM ET the site appeared to be back online for at least some users. How big of a deal is an hour-long Amazon outage?'s latest earnings report showed that the company makes about $10.8 billion per quarter, or about $118 million per day and $4.9 million per hour." Update: 01/31 22:25 GMT by T : "Hackers claim credit."
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