Anonymous Member Kicks GoDaddy Offline

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, 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
    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:
    14747 N Northsight Blvd Suite 111, PMB 309
    Scottsdale, Arizona 85260

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


    They maybe the very worst company to do business with!
  • DRosencraft
    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
    Hell yeah! go Anonymous
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  • boju
    was tomshardware being down on the 9th the result of this or coincidence?