At the moment the US site is not loading, but the UK one is working fine.
When a site like Amazon goes offline it makes headlines.. Whether the site is under attack or suffering some other kind of technical issue is not clear.
It looks like Amazon web services etc., are still online and reachable.
Amazon are obviously having issues. In the last few minutes they put up a rather basic holding page / error message:
which was then replaced by something a little more standard:
503 Service Temporarily Unavailable
Date: Mon, 19 Aug 2013 19:20:22 GMT
Last-Modified: Fri, 30 Nov 2012 01:26:22 GMT
Client-Date: Mon, 19 Aug 2013 19:20:23 GMT
Amazon.com appears to be 100% back online. While the overall downtime was under an hour for a business like Amazon this will have cost them sales, especially as the downtime coincided with business hours in the US. It’ll be interesting to hear if they provide any explanation.