A few days back, we visited Amazon Technologies Inc via the google advertisement (by clicking). Not once but a few times with a quick click burst. We did some background checks on them, which are highly dangerous no matter if they are hitting your site directly or via other advertising platforms.
Make it simple, they are not friendly, and they are draining your resources (that is money!).
It might be a bot, hacker, competitors, or someone using it without knowing they are risking themselves to a sophisticated private network. If you read this and belong to the last group we mention, you better start changing your VPN provider.
Here what we found online:
We consider Amazon Technologies Inc. to be a potentially high fraud risk ISP, by which we mean that web traffic from this ISP potentially poses a high risk of being fraudulent. Other types of traffic may pose a different risk or no risk. They operate 38,971,869 IP addresses, almost all of which are running servers and public proxies. They manage IP addresses for organisations including A100 ROW GmbH, Amazon Data Services UK, and Amazon Data Services Ireland Limited. Scamalytics see high levels of web traffic from this ISP across our global network, some of which is, in our view, fraudulent. We apply a risk score of 47/100 to Amazon Technologies Inc., meaning that of the web traffic where we have visibility, approximately 47% is suspected to be potentially fraudulent.
The thing you need to be careful of here is that Amazon is not simply a website provider but is also a cloud services provider and also has a service whereby users can access a virtualized desktop interface on the Amazon network as a remote desktop session. This particular service uses a Windows Server gateway and so the desktop resolution and OS fingerprint will generally be the same. Simply having these entries show up in your logs is not an inherently bad thing unless you are seeing traffic that indicates they are trying to breach your site security or they are using the services to perform malicious actions or spamming on your site.
Via Stack Exchange Chris Rutherfurd's comment.
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Looking at another angle on Amazon, we found these...
- Amazon Met With Startups About Investing, Then Launched Competing Products. Some companies regret sharing information with tech giant and its Alexa Fund; ‘we may have been naive’ via WSJ.
- Amazon stole ideas from startups? via magazin360
- Amazon Accused of Investing in Small Companies, Stealing Their Ideas. via Softpedia News