This morning’s planned distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack against Amazon.com by Anonymous, a hacker group that has launched similar attacks against organizations it sees attempting to censor WikiLeaks, appears to have failed.Anonymous started attacking Amazon’s website at 11 a.m. EST, but quickly appeared to abandon the effort after realizing how little impact it was having, said Paul Mutton, a security analyst with U.K.-based Internet monitoring firm Netcraft.”The attack didn’t seem to make a dent on Amazon.com,” which is not surprising considering Amazon’s network infrastructure, he said. “The size of [the Anonymous] botnet was not large enough to have any impact.”Instead, the group now appears to be focusing its attention on api.Paypal.com, a secure payment transaction handling Web site, Mutton said.The site is not currently accessible, which could be due to the attacks or because of defensive measures PayPal is taking to protect the site, he said. An Anonymous attack earlier today knocked http://paypal.com offline for about an hour, he said.The planned attack on Amazion.com was announced in an Anonymous tweet posted by Netcraft.The provocation for attacking Amazon.com appears to be due to the online retailer’s decision to start selling a Kindle e-book version of the leaked U.S. State Department… Read full this story
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