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GoDaddy suffers from mass outages, Anonymous member to blame

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.

by MacNN Staff



  1. besson3c

    Clinically Insane

    Joined: 03-03-01

    GoDaddy is complete and utter crap. Not only are their web services out-of-date and limited, but I'm working with a client now whose site (developed by somebody else) has been hijacked and replaced with malware redirects, and it looks like this was a system level compromise. This is not the first time this has happened, apparently. This multi-hour outage was clearly a compromise, and not just hardware failure. Going to the GoDaddy homepage during this time some point during this outage resulted in a temporary page with Danica Patrick assuring everybody that things were going to be alright. If you are against SOPA you might want to avoid GoDaddy for this reason as well.

    Just avoid GoDaddy, there are much better companies out there, and I felt this way before today too.

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