Today, after successfully taking down MasterCard and VISA main websites (without disrupting their payment services which are going through different channels), WikiLeaks supporters backed by the hacker group Anonymous, tried their luck in taking down Amazon’s website, through the same DDOS – Distributed Denial of Service Attack method. That didn’t work, as communicated by Anonymous themselves in a Twitter post. “Okay, here’s the real deal—We can not attack Amazon, currently”…”The previous schedule was to do so, but we don’t have enough forces”.
You might wonder yourself why exactly it didn’t work? Well, the main reason is that Amazon has a way more robust server infrastructure than 99.99% of the companies outside, beside maybe Google, Microsoft and Yahoo. The Amazon infrastructure relies on their Elastic Compute Cloud – EC2, a cloud of servers used for load and traffic balancing, from which they are actually selling to other companies as well. Based on the momentary demand, the server access requests can be dynamically distributed on as many servers as needed to handle the load and Amazon has more than enough capacity to handle the load…Just think at the Black Friday ;).
This was probably a good occasion for Amazon to really test their infrastructure and EC2 obviously passed all the tests. What is really funny is that, I have a feeling that at the same time with WikiLeaks supporters attack there were millions of curious people contributing by browsing Amazon’s website just to see if it is slower…It wasn’t!
If anything, Amazon will actually profit from today’s attack and sell some more cloud services, not that they are “proved”.