The Web site of Amazon.com went down on Friday 6 June and the world’s largest online retailer, was struggling got bring it back online after two hours.
A post on an Amazon forum for sellers stated, , "We are currently investigating an issue that has impacted the availability of the Amazon.com website. Engineers are actively engaged in resolving this issue and we will provide an update once the issue is resolved. We appreciate your patience during this time."
Amazon has not yet responded to requests for comment.
Attempts to log on to Amazon.com were initially met with this error message: "We're sorry! An error occurred when we tried to process your request. Rest assured, we're already working on the problem and expect to resolve it shortly.
“If you were trying to make a purchase, please check Your Account to confirm that the order was placed. We apologize for the inconvenience."
During that time, the home page appeared to be available using Amazon's secure Web site but the links on that page weren't working.
Amazon has had outages before, though rarely. In 2004, the site was down for four hours. A two-hour outage hit in 2006.
More recently, Amazon has had some outages in its hosted offerings, Amazon Web Services.