Go Daddy Suffers Major Outage With Possible Hack Attack

Go Daddy logoThe world’s largest web hosting provider and domain name registrar Go Daddy found its web hosting services down and email not going through Monday afternoon after an apparent failure of the company’s Domain Name Service servers, possibly due to a hacker attack.

Go Daddy announced they were having problems at 10:25 US Pacific Times saying customers were experiencing “intermittent outages” and then later at 14:43 they advised that “at no time was any sensitive customer information, such as credit card data, passwords or names and addresses, compromised.”

While it seems services were restored Monday evening, it is not known, publicly at least, what caused services to go down. There were claims Anonymous, through the Twitter handles @AnonymousOwn2r and @AnonymousOwn3r, had caused the outage with a distributed denial-of-service attack (DDoS) although this has not been substantiated with Go Daddy spokespeople neither confirming or denying the claim.

The WHIR reported that “while the motive is unclear at this point, Anonymous has tweeted that users of Go Daddy support censorship of the Internet, possibly referring to its support of SOPA and PIPA earlier this year. @AnonymousOwn3r has taken sole responsibility for the attack.”

To temporarily cope with the outage, Wired reports that “on Monday afternoon — about four hours after it was knocked offline — Go Daddy’s administrators made a change to the company’s DNS records, indicating that they were shifting control of the servers from Go Daddy to VeriSign.”

Go Daddy manages around five million web hosting accounts but there is no information as to how many were affected.