Anonymous Member Sends GoDaddy Offline
September 10, 2012 8:40 PM
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A DDoS attack knocked GoDaddy offline throughout the day
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.
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.
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RE: Hope they catch the Perp...
9/11/2012 9:23:15 AM
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!).
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