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Anonymous Member Kicks GoDaddy Offline

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GoDaddy is still recovering from an outage that affected millions of websites.

One member of Anonymous is taking responsibility for knocking major web host and domain registrar GoDaddy offline on Monday, causing a wave of associated sites to go down for the count as well.

GoDaddy, which hosts more than 5 million sites, was believed to be attacked for publicly supporting the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) earlier this year. "By using/supporting GoDaddy, you are supporting censorship of the Internet," wrote AnonOpsLegion via Twitter on Monday.

In addition to websites going offline, GoDaddy customers also began complaining that hosted e-mail accounts were inaccessible along with the company's phone service. GoDaddy is reportedly working on resolving the issue, but insiders claim the company is offloading DNS services over to competitor Verisign so that customers don't remain offline.

So far Verisign has not issued a statement, but GoDaddy eventually confirmed the outage without acknowledging a possible Anonymous-based DDoS attack.

"At around 10:25 am PT, GoDaddy.com and associated customer services experienced intermittent outages," the company stated. "Services began to be restored for the bulk of affected customers at 2:43 pm PT. At no time was any sensitive customer information, such as credit card data, passwords or names and addresses, compromised."

Over on Twitter, Anonymous Own3r – the individual claiming to be responsible for the attack -- said that GoDaddy was knocked offline because "I'd like to test how the cyber security is safe for more reasons than I can not talk now." The Anonymous member also announced that he/she was working solo, and that the attack was not directed by the actual Anonymous collective. Still, the DDoS efforts didn't go unnoticed, with a "good job brother, glad to see you back" message dispatched from the AnonOpsLegion Twitter account.

As of 8pm EST, the sites associated with GoDaddy were coming back online. The company had not yet confirmed how many of its sites were affected by the outage, nor did it confirm the source of Monday's problem. Meanwhile, one high-profile website has decided to pack its bags and head to a competing web host thanks to Monday's outage.

"This was a poorly thought out decision, made by me, at the very beginning of the company," said Dustin Moskovitz, co-founder of Asana, when asked why he signed on with GoDaddy. "It is unfortunately somewhat high friction to change, but we’ve already had it on our task list to migrate. This morning’s outage (following one of our own—nobody’s perfect!) will certainly hasten that departure."

Given that this is an ongoing report, we expect to hear more for GoDaddy soon, so stay tuned.

 

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    belardo , September 11, 2012 2:09 PM
    GoDaddy should be taken out back and buried. They are a scam-company. They are VERY active in stealing webdomains. One of my clients made the mistake of doing business with them - and they scooped up his .com domain and offers to sell it for $8,800.00 as its a "Premium Domain Name" - bullshit, its a family name for a small business thats been around for 20 years. Its obscure... and mostly forgettable.

    But GoDaddy stole it! Then GoDaddy says "While Go Daddy does not own these domains names, we are one of a select group of registrars that can introduce you to the sellers."

    Here is their sub-company:
    DomainsByProxy.com
    14747 N Northsight Blvd Suite 111, PMB 309
    Scottsdale, Arizona 85260

    Domains by proxy *IS OWNED* by GoDaddy. They are lying sacks of shit.

    DO NOT EVER EVER DO BUSINESS WITH GODADDY!

    They maybe the very worst company to do business with!
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    DRosencraft , September 11, 2012 2:02 PM
    malice81I'm beginning to really not like these guys, and I was honestly cheering for them before. When they're going up against big corporations and purportedly fighting for the little guy, I can dig it. But releasing civilian user information, and then taking down millions of websites that had no connection to any cause they're fighting is getting out of hand. I personally know 2 small business owners that lost money because of yesterday's outage. Pointing out security flaws in online businesses is a possible noble act, which can be done with flair and spectacle that does not involve shaming anyone but the company. At this point, if they are fighting a war they're doing it with no regard for, or sending a message through civilian casualties. Guess what guys? That changes you from vigilante status, to what looks a whole lot like terrorism.


    This has always been the problem. I'm not trying to get on your case, but people always start off saying it's good or alright because they're doing this against people I don't like, or this isn't affecting me so who cares. As far as I see it they haven't really changed what they were always doing. It's just that more and more people are realizing that these buffoons are out for no one but themselves.
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    idroid , September 11, 2012 1:08 PM
    Hell yeah! go Anonymous
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    agochenour , September 11, 2012 1:16 PM
    wow
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    boju , September 11, 2012 1:16 PM
    was tomshardware being down on the 9th the result of this or coincidence?

    http://www.isitdownrightnow.com/tomshardware.com.html
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    malice81 , September 11, 2012 1:32 PM
    I'm beginning to really not like these guys, and I was honestly cheering for them before. When they're going up against big corporations and purportedly fighting for the little guy, I can dig it. But releasing civilian user information, and then taking down millions of websites that had no connection to any cause they're fighting is getting out of hand. I personally know 2 small business owners that lost money because of yesterday's outage. Pointing out security flaws in online businesses is a possible noble act, which can be done with flair and spectacle that does not involve shaming anyone but the company. At this point, if they are fighting a war they're doing it with no regard for, or sending a message through civilian casualties. Guess what guys? That changes you from vigilante status, to what looks a whole lot like terrorism.



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    malice81 , September 11, 2012 1:47 PM
    haha, you need to read some more partner, or maybe get yourself a TOR browser and look for yourself. They are most certainly a group.
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    nieur , September 11, 2012 2:00 PM
    I certainly don't support act against innocent civilian. But at least they are not trying to harm anyone
    while releasing FBI iphone database they didn't released the very confidential information such as phone number of any person. They are revealing governments true face which is trying to sneak into your private life
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    DRosencraft , September 11, 2012 2:02 PM
    malice81I'm beginning to really not like these guys, and I was honestly cheering for them before. When they're going up against big corporations and purportedly fighting for the little guy, I can dig it. But releasing civilian user information, and then taking down millions of websites that had no connection to any cause they're fighting is getting out of hand. I personally know 2 small business owners that lost money because of yesterday's outage. Pointing out security flaws in online businesses is a possible noble act, which can be done with flair and spectacle that does not involve shaming anyone but the company. At this point, if they are fighting a war they're doing it with no regard for, or sending a message through civilian casualties. Guess what guys? That changes you from vigilante status, to what looks a whole lot like terrorism.


    This has always been the problem. I'm not trying to get on your case, but people always start off saying it's good or alright because they're doing this against people I don't like, or this isn't affecting me so who cares. As far as I see it they haven't really changed what they were always doing. It's just that more and more people are realizing that these buffoons are out for no one but themselves.
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    belardo , September 11, 2012 2:09 PM
    GoDaddy should be taken out back and buried. They are a scam-company. They are VERY active in stealing webdomains. One of my clients made the mistake of doing business with them - and they scooped up his .com domain and offers to sell it for $8,800.00 as its a "Premium Domain Name" - bullshit, its a family name for a small business thats been around for 20 years. Its obscure... and mostly forgettable.

    But GoDaddy stole it! Then GoDaddy says "While Go Daddy does not own these domains names, we are one of a select group of registrars that can introduce you to the sellers."

    Here is their sub-company:
    DomainsByProxy.com
    14747 N Northsight Blvd Suite 111, PMB 309
    Scottsdale, Arizona 85260

    Domains by proxy *IS OWNED* by GoDaddy. They are lying sacks of shit.

    DO NOT EVER EVER DO BUSINESS WITH GODADDY!

    They maybe the very worst company to do business with!
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    belardo , September 11, 2012 2:21 PM
    Even if you are just thinking of a domain, and you type it in.... without being logged on, GoDaddy steals it.

    Even if you are logged in, you type it in... think about it, come back to it 15~30 minutes later... gone, GoDaddy has just raped you.
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    malice81 , September 11, 2012 2:22 PM
    DRosencraftThis has always been the problem. I'm not trying to get on your case, but people always start off saying it's good or alright because they're doing this against people I don't like, or this isn't affecting me so who cares. As far as I see it they haven't really changed what they were always doing. It's just that more and more people are realizing that these buffoons are out for no one but themselves.


    While I can see your point, I don't really agree as far as I myself am concerned. The "people I don't like" are the corporations doing underhanded nonsense, and / or using their big lawyered up asses to shove things down people's throats. Now, I can get behind them showing the fight-club-esque nod of "we protect you while you sleep, do not f*** with us" mentality. Sorry if my comment didn't drive the point home properly, but What I'm truly against is the civilian casualty involved with some of their recent actions, as opposed to what it appeared they stood for prior. You may be right, they may not give two s***s about anyone but themselves. Color me disillusioned for believing the statement "A people should not fear it's government, a government should fear it's people" was actually being practiced.
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    kristoffe , September 11, 2012 2:25 PM
    FUUUUUUCK godaddy
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    hate machine , September 11, 2012 2:33 PM
    SolariisNo, I think you're still too retarded Taizun, although people use anonymous as a username to conceal their identity, there is in fact a group called Anonymous and they have been around for quite some time. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anonymous_%28group%29


    There is no such thing as an organized group called Anonymous. It started out as a bunch of kids on 4chan who would raid f2p games, chat rooms and stickam. Then one of them made a program called LOIC that joins your computer into a botnet. Everyone downloads it and then the botnet gets directed towards a certain business to DDOS. It is not full of computer hackers and devious crackers. It is a bunch of kids who just claim the title and willingly or unwillingly put their PC on a botnet to DDOS "For the Greater Good".
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    freggo , September 11, 2012 2:46 PM
    belardoGoDaddy should be taken out back and buried. They are a scam-company. They are VERY active in stealing webdomains. One of my clients made the mistake of doing business with them - and they scooped up his .com domain and offers to sell it for $8,800.00 as its a "Premium Domain Name" - bullshit, its a family name for a small business thats been around for 20 years...!



    1&1.com does the same thing !
    I lost several domains because of them.
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    Solariis , September 11, 2012 3:15 PM
    Quote:
    There is no such thing as an organized group called Anonymous. It started out as a bunch of kids on 4chan who would raid f2p games, chat rooms and stickam. Then one of them made a program called LOIC that joins your computer into a botnet. Everyone downloads it and then the botnet gets directed towards a certain business to DDOS. It is not full of computer hackers and devious crackers. It is a bunch of kids who just claim the title and willingly or unwillingly put their PC on a botnet to DDOS "For the Greater Good".


    You're correct, I just was trying to tell Taizun they're still a loosely associated group of people, not just a single user who uses a username called anon/anonymous as he made it sound.
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    Chirality , September 11, 2012 3:18 PM
    I actually had a domain/hosting expiring in a few weeks with godaddy. Thanks to this article I'll be canceling my auto renew and my service when it expires. I didn't know they supported SOPA.

    Fuck godaddy.
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    computerguy72 , September 11, 2012 3:43 PM
    This person's attack went *way too far. Lots of innocent people were hurt yesterday. Next thing you know crazy hackers will format my hard disk for drinking the wrong soft drink. The authorities really should focus on hunting this guy down and treating him to genuine justice.
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    Chirality , September 11, 2012 3:44 PM
    computerguy72This person's attack went *way too far. Lots of innocent people were hurt yesterday. Next thing you know crazy hackers will format my hard disk for drinking the wrong soft drink. The authorities really should focus on hunting this guy down and treating him to genuine justice.


    Collateral Damage my friend. By supporting SOPA, anyone that does business with GoDaddy, is supporting it. It's not a shade of grey. That's why I took action and closed my accounts. Do you want to censor the internet?
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    computerguy72 , September 11, 2012 4:12 PM
    ChiralityCollateral Damage my friend. By supporting SOPA, anyone that does business with GoDaddy, is supporting it. It's not a shade of grey. That's why I took action and closed my accounts. Do you want to censor the internet?


    Your very scary attitude forments a world literally of anarchy. You don't like somebody just destroy anyone who has any contact with them. That is the same argument al-Qaeda made on this very day (9/11) after killing thousands of people. You should perhaps think about stopping ideas you vehemently disagree with at the VOTING BOOTH and as you did with your wallet. Cheering collateral damage vs. unwitting people is just wrong plain and simple.
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    pacioli , September 11, 2012 4:18 PM
    So... Anonymous complains about censorship by the government.
    Then... Anonymous censors GoDaddy via DDOS because they disagree with GoDaddy.
    So, why claim to protect freedom by denying others' freedom?
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