updated 11:08 pm EDT, Mon September 10, 2012
Domain name servers assailed by denial of service attack
Most of the GoDaddy-hosted websites and services on the Internet were taken temporarily offline today from around 1:25PM ET to just after 8PM as the result of an attack. The outage is blamed on a DNS denial of service attack, which one purported Anonymous collective hacktivist leader claims as his own. No motive has been ascribed to the attack.
Three of GoDaddy's DNS servers failed to resolve requests during the hack. The virtual attack was claimed by one person on Twitter, associated with a person whose normal hack targets were generally focused in Brazil. For a period of time, all of GoDaddy's hosted sites or sites with GoDaddy as their registrar were inaccessible.
During the attack, GoDaddy's Twitter account promised that the company was "working feverishly to resolve the problem as soon as possible." Both the attacker and "official" Anonymous channels made it clear through social media and comments on news items about the attacks that the Anonymous group wasn't responsible for the attack, but the work of one person -- a self-proclaimed "leader" of the Anonymous group.
GoDaddy claims that "at no time was any sensitive customer information, such as credit card data, passwords or names and addresses, compromised." Electronista was told by a GoDaddy official that 97 percent of their hosted sites and email accounts have been returned to service as of 11PM ET, with full restoration expected by 8AM. An additional update is expected from the registrar and host in the next 24 hours.