Amazon back online after outage

Jan. 31, 2013 at 6:28 PM

SEATTLE, Jan. 31 (UPI) -- Online retail giant Amazon.com experienced a significant amount of downtime Thursday, with many U.S. users unable to access the site, Web watchers reported.

Many people attempting to access the Amazon home page on the Internet found themselves presented with "Http/1.1 Service Unavailable," Slash Gear reported.

While Amazon's mobile app was unaffected and individual product pages could be accessed through search engines, the home page was unavailable for nearly an hour until it was fully back up and running.

A hacker group calling itself Nazi Gods has taken credit for the downtime, but Amazon has not commented on the outage other than to issue a statement confirming Amazon.com "was offline to some customers for approximately 49 minutes."

Web performance monitoring firm Apica said Amazon's homepage went down at 2:32 p.m. EST.

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