01/31/2013 04:35 pm ET Updated Apr 02, 2013

Amazon Down: Homepage For Largest Online Retailer Briefly Went Dark

First Twitter, now Amazon. Major website have been falling left and right on Thursday.

At about 2:40 p.m. ET, the homepage for Amazon, the world's largest online retailer, went down for approximately a half an hour. Shoppers looking for clothes or books were redirected to a blank page that said "Service Unavailable."

The website "Down For Everyone Or Just Me," not to mention an outpouring of tweets, confirms it, though Amazon URLs besides appeared to be working. As of publication, the site is working again.

Gizmodo, which first pointed about the outage, notes that a hacker group Nazi Gods took down the site. "This is what happens amazon when you support censorship," the group tweeted, though we should wait for word from Amazon itself before jumping to conclusions about the cause. We reached out to Amazon and are awaiting comment.

Twitter, too, had its own brief blackout on Thursday morning that has since been resolved.



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