From the looks of it, Anonymous hacker attacks are more and more often. Or at least that’s what they claim after group’s hackers took down million of Go Daddy sites and caused a massive outage.
It’s not very often hackers take down millions of sites. But yesterday’s Go Daddy outage was massive. It damaged millions Go Daddy sites around the world. A hacker believed to be part of the Anonymous hacker group, took credit for the frustration of millions of Go Daddy site users taking their websites down with a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS).
The Twitter account user known as “Anonymous Own3r”, took credit for the hacker attack at Go Daddy. Justifying his actions in a later post he denied it to be an Anonymous coordinated operation. “It’s not Anonymous coletive [sic] the attack is coming just from me”, the hacker allegedly behind the Go Daddy outage said. “I’m taking godaddy down bacause (sic) well i’d like to test how the cyber security is safe and for more reasons that i can not talk now” the hacker explained.
The Go Daddy outage was promptly contained by site’s engineers, making sure the problem will solve fast. “Status Alert: Hey, all. We’re aware of the trouble people are having with our site. We’re working on it” reads a company post on Twitter.
By the beginning of today, everything was as good as new. Elizabeth Driscoll, Go Daddy spokeswoman told CNET just before 5 p.m. PT today that “things are restored”. Throughout yesterday the spokewoman explained Go Daddy had “experienced intermittent outages”.
Later investigations showed that Go Daddy wasn’t attacked by hackers, and everything turned out to be an internal problem. Go Daddy CEO Scott Wagner said in a statement: “The service outage was not caused by external influences”. He also added “It was not a ‘hack’ and it was not a denial of service attack (DDoS)”.
In his statement, Wagner also added that he is sorry for all the outrage that happened and assured the users that no data was put at risk. He also thanked his clients and users for their patience.
It’s likely Scott Wagner is trying to conceal something that could easily become a common issue. Hackers haven’t forgotten that Go Daddy was among those that backed Stop Online Piracy Act. It wasn’t until activists with Reddit managed to pressure it into renouncing to its support for SOPA.