The web is in mourning. He just lost one of its most active geniuses: Aaron Swartz. The young man of 26 years old, which has contributed to the creation of the RSS when he was teenager, of Crative Common and Reddit, committed suicide by hanging.
Very active in the creation of a Free Internet, the young man has branded the history of the Web. His last victory was the blocking of PIPA and SOPA, U.S. measures affecting the highly controversial notion of neutrality on the web.
Aaron Swartz was depressed, and according to his family, his calling to the U.S. Justice concerning the theft of four million scientific articles to make them public, would have precipitated his fall. Loss of freedom of expression on the internet.
Last few days (in Europe) there was an outage in Amazon Web Services on the US East Coast caused disruption of some major online services that we all use and love. Websites and apps such as Reddit, Airbnb, Flipboard, and Viber have all been non-responsive. The outage has been felt the worst by users in Asia and the US, where the downtime was actually running through the day.
A member of the collective hacker group called Anonymous went public on Twitter to claim responsibility. Later on, an Amazon spokesperson stated this is not the case and Amazon servers had not been under attack.
Of course, it’s anyone’s guess what actually had happened. The good news is that by Tuesday morning in Europe most of the servers functionality was up again. Some services may be still experiencing slight hiccups, but that’s due to the high number of users trying to connect back and no longer due to a malfunction in Amazon’s cloud infrastructure.
Via : Cnet