GoDaddy: We Were Not Attacked, It Was a Server Problem
Yesterday Anonymous is took responsibility for knocking major web host and GoDaddy offline, 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. However, it seems GoDaddy is denying that anonymous is behind yesterday's attack. In fact, according to GoDaddy, there was no attack at all.
A statement on GoDaddy's website states that the outage in service was not caused by "external influences." GoDaddy goes on to specify that it wasn't a hack or a distributed denial of service attack (DDoS).
"We have determined the service outage was due to a series of internal network events that corrupted router data tables," CEO Scott Wagner said in a statement. "Once the issues were identified, we took corrective actions to restore services for our customers and GoDaddy.com. We have implemented measures to prevent this from occurring again."
Regarding GoDaddy's claims that it wasn't hacked, Anonymous security leader Own3r says the company's denial is a ploy to save face. "Whooa @godaddy is denying that it was hacked by me! They don't wanna show their cybersecurity is bad this way they would lose customers!" he tweeted. Own3r says it's only a matter of time before GoDaddy is hacked again.