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Amazon.com website briefly offline, hackers claim credit

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Jan. 31, 2013: Amazon.com's website is offline, a rarity for the Internet shopping giant. (FoxNews.com)

Amazon.com’s homepage was briefly offline Thursday afternoon, a rare occurrence for the shopping giant.

The front door for Amazon.com's massive online store is back online following a brief outage -- and a hacker group was quick to take credit. The Twitter feed for a group that calls itself NaziGods claimed responsibility, according to tech site Gizmodo, noting on Twitter that "This is what happens amazon when you support censorship."

The group went on detail how it knocked the front door down (only Amazon.com's front page was offline), with a large "botnet" or network of thousands of computers working together.

Meanwhile, Amazon’s Web Services (AWS), which powers many popular websites including Netflix, Reddit, the Gawker network and more remained online, according to the company’s service dashboard.

Amazon.com averages $100,000 per minute in sales according to the Seattle Times.

“The gateway page of Amazon.com was offline to some customers for approximately 49 minutes,"

Ty Rogers, an Amazon spokesman, told FoxNews.com. "Other pages of the site were accessible and AWS was not impacted.”

Earlier in the day, the Twitter.com website was briefly offline as well.