Rogue Hacker Takes Credit for Knocking Millions of GoDaddy Sites Offline

Paul Lilly

As if Mondays aren't challenging enough to get through as it is, many of the websites belonging to GoDaddy's 10.5 million customers were unplugged yesterday afternoon following a hacker attack. A day later, GoDaddy is still working to completely restore service across the board. Twitter user @AnonymousOwn3r took responsibility for the attack, and interestingly enough, Anonymous is trying to distance itself from the rogue hacker.

At 10:25 am PT yesterday morning, GoDaddy posted a note saying that "GoDaddy.com and associated customer services experienced intermittent outages. Services began to be restored for the bulk of affected customers."

Later on in the afternoon, GoDaddy followed that up with a second message saying, "At no time was any sensitive customer information, such as credit card data, passwords, or names and addresses, compromised. We will provide an additional update within the next 24 hours. We want to thank our customers for their patience and support."

There hasn't been another update since then, but there has been plenty of chatter on Twitter.

@ film_girl I'm taking godaddy down because well i'd like to test how the cyber security is safe and for more reasons that i can not talk now

— Anonymous Own3r (@AnonymousOwn3r) September 10, 2012

The hacker appears to have worked on his own, as Anonymous was quick to deflect angry tweets at the party allegedly responsible for the attack.

Please redirect your godaddy hate to @ anonymousown3r says is the 'leader' of Anonymous. #derp Have #lulz with that.

— Anonymous (@YourAnonNews) September 10, 2012

GoDaddy has also been using Twitter to communicate with its subscribers. The last tweet came more than 13 hours ago, in which GoDaddy indicated that most sites were back online as it continues "working out the last few kinks."

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