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A DDoS attack knocked GoDaddy offline throughout the day

GoDaddy went offline temporarily today due to a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack by a member of Anonymous. 

Twitter user @AnonymousOwn3r launched the DDoS attack today against GoDaddy, which is an Internet domain registrar and Web hosting company. A DDoS attack is when a server receives an overwhelming amount of communication that it cannot tend to, and it can be carried out using as little as 50 computers. 

Due to the name of the Twitter user, many believed the hacker group Anonymous was collectively to blame. However, Anonymous distanced itself from @AnonymousOwn3r in the following Tweet:

Please redirect your godaddy hate to @AnonymousOwn3r says is the 'leader' of Anonymous. #derp Have #lulz with that. 

GoDaddy, aware of the situation earlier today after receiving floods of messages from users, quickly addressed the situation. It worked on the problem throughout the day, apologizing to customers and offering Twitter updates via @GoDaddy. The most recent Twitter update stated that things were getting back to normal around 4:30 p.m. PST:

We're still working. Getting closer to normal. Thanks for all your patience and understanding. 

Why did @AnonymousOwn3r carry out the attack? The exact reason remains unknown, but a Twitter update from the user reveals a small piece of the puzzle (misspellings kept for authenticity's sake):

I'm taking godaddy down bacause well i'd like to test how the cyber security is safe and for more reasons that i can not talk now.

GoDaddy hosts over 5 million websites. Such a simple attack really shouldn't have knocked it offline so easily, but more details will likely appear as the investigation rolls on.


Source: The Next Web

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Do you support the stifling of free speech?
By hellokeith on 9/10/2012 11:42:35 PM , Rating: 4
If the target were the RIAA, MPAA, the FBI, DHS, or some other unpopular entity, would you applaud the DDoS?

If so, then you support the stifling of free speech. DDoS is wrong , no matter the target.

RE: Do you support the stifling of free speech?
By chµck on 9/10/12, Rating: -1
RE: Do you support the stifling of free speech?
By espaghetti on 9/10/2012 11:54:53 PM , Rating: 2
Are you calling go-daddy North Korea?

By xti on 9/12/2012 12:50:46 AM , Rating: 2
those commercials where it seemed like someone was gonna get naked...and then they made you go to the website...was pretty commie-ish.

RE: Do you support the stifling of free speech?
By Bad-Karma on 9/11/2012 8:00:43 AM , Rating: 3
For a country whose military is barely beyond the 60's, with very little computer technology integration, a DDoS would be barely noticed.

By mindless1 on 9/13/2012 12:51:54 PM , Rating: 2
The fewer the systems and lower the redundancy, the more damaging it is to cripple them with DDOS, though in this case you wouldn't have those systems on the internet at all.

By othercents on 9/11/2012 8:46:31 AM , Rating: 3
Is DDoS actually freedom of speech? Is taking down another website actually stifling freedom of speech?

1. the faculty or power of speaking; oral communication; ability to express one's thoughts and emotions by speech sounds and gesture: Losing her speech made her feel isolated from humanity.
2. the act of speaking: He expresses himself better in speech than in writing.
3. something that is spoken; an utterance, remark, or declaration: We waited for some speech that would indicate her true feelings.
4. a form of communication in spoken language, made by a speaker before an audience for a given purpose: a fiery speech.
5. any single utterance of an actor in the course of a play, motion picture, etc.

We should be speaking more and getting our points across. At some point we crossed the line between speaking about things and just being destructive to make our points. DDoS is wrong just like keying a word into the side of someone's car. This is destruction of property and the person harmed has rights too.

BTW. Lookup slander which could cause legal issues even if you don't physically damage someone's property.


RE: Do you support the stifling of free speech?
By arazok on 9/11/2012 12:38:39 PM , Rating: 2
I would not support an attack against the FBI, DHS or any other government agency because those are public institutions whom I can indirectly control via the voting booth.

I do not support an attack against because it is just a private business delivering a service (Although I think they will be better off for this attack once they address the security issue).

I would support an attack against the RIAA, MPAA, because:
1) They are a private institution which does not deliver any services.
2) They exist only to compensate for deficiencies in their parent company’s products and business model.
3) They operate by bribing politicians with high paying “jobs” in exchange for using their influence to manipulate congress for their own purposes.
4) They ruin the lives of people who commit minor crimes.

By WinstonSmith on 9/13/2012 10:13:31 AM , Rating: 2
"I would not support an attack against the FBI, DHS or any other government agency because those are public institutions whom I can indirectly control via the voting booth."

I don't support DDoS attacks in any way either, but that comment is so laughably naive that I just had to comment. The Prez is in control of the executive branch organizations you mention. But since the Prez, whether Dem or Rep, obviously represents not you but the people who fund his campaign(s), you're simply the one who is suckered every four years into voting for him:

Hope they catch the Perp...
By Beenthere on 9/11/2012 1:17:21 AM , Rating: 4
...and that he spends the next 5+ years in prison plus he has to pay for all losses to GoDaddy and it's customers. That's the only way to get thru to these social degenerates that think they can attack anyone they feel like without being punished.

RE: Hope they catch the Perp...
By Dr of crap on 9/11/12, Rating: 0
RE: Hope they catch the Perp...
By paulrbeers on 9/11/2012 9:23:15 AM , Rating: 2
I was. I have 80+ client sites and 1000's of users spread across those 80 clients that couldn't access my software. Not because the server was down, that I can fix, but because the DNS server hosted by Godaddy was down. I probably lost 6-7 hours of productivity answering phone calls, emails, and texts from clients about why they couldn't access their site. Not to mention that several of them, I have to refund them a portion of their monthly fees now since it is built into the contract (yes it is only about 1/120th of their monthly fee, but that can be the difference between making money and losing money on a client per month!).

RE: Hope they catch the Perp...
By Mitch101 on 9/11/2012 10:54:20 AM , Rating: 2
I was too.

Im a small site owner my best site is 1,000 registered users in a specific market and 1.5 million visitors a year on one site that was taken offline along with a dozen others. Outages can happens it doesn't help a small site like me where your trying to build trust. All my sites are free sites with maybe 1 to zero ads on the sites.

If I were to have an income based site where this person would have effected that I would be upset. Lets face it a major company isn't using godaddy for hosting and this guy really was only hurting the small business owner. I don't believe 5 years would be justified but on the other hand maybe an example needs to be made to prevent others. Its not hard to do what this person did but that doesn't justify doing it because you can or figured out how.

I feel for the small business owner who was effected in this scenario.

RE: Hope they catch the Perp...
By ArcsinZ on 9/11/2012 2:15:57 PM , Rating: 3
Several of my companies were taken down (no email, no website, no DNS) for several hours.

I don't think 5 years is really all that harsh. Considering the money he cost thousands of companies and (potentially) millions of users.

This person is a moron. They don't think about the ramifications their actions have on people who had nothing to do with whatever perceived wrong has been committed against them. I think 5 years is just about right. Give them plenty of time to think about the way the world works.

Brute Force
By Schadenfroh on 9/11/2012 12:47:48 AM , Rating: 2
Denial of service attacks are so brute force, they can do better than this...

RE: Brute Force
By martin5000 on 9/11/2012 4:41:38 AM , Rating: 2
No, they can't do better than this, which is why they did this.

RE: Brute Force
By Motoman on 9/11/2012 9:37:36 AM , Rating: 2
Apparently they didn't need to do better than this. Since the DDoS did what they want.

No hack involved...
By reggiep on 9/11/2012 12:34:26 PM , Rating: 4
It was actually a hardware failure.

RE: No hack involved...
By johnsonx on 9/12/2012 2:00:20 AM , Rating: 2
I wonder what was going on last thursday (9/6) then? I have one customer who's e-mail is hosted on GoDaddy, and they couldn't receive e-mail for most of the day (or received it sporadically). At first I thought it was just them, but then I started getting delivery delay reports from other clients who have their own mail servers, and sure enough in each case the e-mails that were delayed were all sent to godaddy mail servers.

By Samus on 9/10/2012 11:54:50 PM , Rating: 2
this was a stupid attack. no clear target, affecting thousands of businesses, simply destructive in nature. guy is a complete loser. nuf said.

RE: stupid
By ritualm on 9/11/2012 12:18:57 AM , Rating: 2
15 seconds of (in)famy. 'nuff said.

My guess
By Ammohunt on 9/11/2012 9:50:12 AM , Rating: 2
Is they used some type of DNS hack cache poisoning or otherwise.

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