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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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RE: Hope they catch the Perp...
By Dr of crap on 9/11/2012 9:06:00 AM , Rating: 0
Uh - that's the whole reason.
It's like smacking someone around just because you can.

And 5+ years - really?
Were you affected somehow? I was not.

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.

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