We use cookies to provide you with a better experience. If you continue to use this site, we'll assume you're happy with this. Alternatively, click here to find out how to manage these cookies

hide cookie message
80,259 News Articles

Amazon's homepage blinks

Online retailer was offline for a short period

The homepage of Amazon.com was down this afternoon for a short period.

The homepage was inaccessible around 3 p.m. ET, and possibly before but appeared to be back in operation well within that hour.

Direct links to product pages seemed to be working during the outage.

The only thing visitors saw on the homepage during the incident was this message: "Http/1.1 Service Unavailable"

Amazon's large hosting business, Amazon Web Services, reported normal operations throughout. The problem appear limited to the retail site's homepage.

The problem in accessing the site was widely noticed in social media. Amazon officials were not immediately available for comment.

Patrick Thibodeau covers cloud computing and enterprise applications, outsourcing, government IT policies, data centers and IT workforce issues for Computerworld. Follow Patrick on Twitter at @DCgov or subscribe to Patrick's RSS feed. His e-mail address is [email protected].

See more by Patrick Thibodeau on Computerworld.com.

Read more about e-business in Computerworld's E-business Topic Center.


IDG UK Sites

Best camera phone of 2015: iPhone 6 Plus vs LG G4 vs Galaxy S6 vs One M9 vs Nexus 6

IDG UK Sites

In defence of BlackBerrys

IDG UK Sites

Why we should reserve judgement on Apple ditching Helvetica in OS X/iOS for the Apple Watch's San...

IDG UK Sites

Retina 3.3GHz iMac 27in preview: Apple cuts £400 of price of Retina iMac with new model