Earlier this afternoon almost everyone everywhere began to notice their email service not working, then a variety of websites not loading. You guessed it – GoDaddy was shockingly down, and with it, likely well over 5 million websites, most of them small-business, with it.
A Twitter user immediately took credit for attacking GoDaddy’s infrastructure. This incident is better known as a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack. What that means in plain English is that an attack, caused by someone or something, to a computer server prevents “servicing” a request, whether it’s to get email, access a website, or more.
This shocker if anything reveals a surprising truth: that anyone can get hacked, no matter the company size.
Attacker, Hiding behind the Smokescreen of a Twitter Handle, Claimed Credit
Twitter user Anonymous Own3r claimed credit for the attack, and was quick to distance himself from the hacking collective that goes by a similar name.
“It is not Anonymous collective it’s only me. Don’t use Anonymous collective name on it, just my name,” he wrote, shortly after claiming responsibility.
— Anonymous (@AnonOpsLegion) September 10, 2012
In broken English filled with typos (based on his string of tweets it suggests that he’s from India), he explained his justification for the attack.
“I’m taking godaddy down bacause well i’d like to test how the cyber security is safe and for more reasons that i can not talk now.”
GoDaddy’s Response to it Being Down
GoDaddy quickly acknowledged the problem online, writing on Twitter that it was “working feverishly” to resolve the matter in a timely fashion.
“Update: Still working on it, but we’re making progress. Some service has already been restored. Stick with us.”
Comments on GoDaddy being Down
Anybody that has an association with GoDaddy, whether it’s a domain name registered or it’s email hosted (secureserver.net by the way hosts GoDaddy’s emails) has been affected today. Ironically, the hosting wasn’t affected; if you had your domain name registered outside of GoDaddy but had the hosting on GoDaddy, you likely were not hit. However, many GoDaddy users prefer to have all domain names and hosting accounts under one umbrella. This is what made the attack so enormous.
I have a feeling that many people are now thinking, “what’s next, Google?” Well, not yet. GoDaddy’s server architecture is admittedly substandard compared to Google. That, combined with the amount of publicity that GoDaddy has, made it a prime target for such an attack.
Not only should you beware of what you do on the internet, but you should make sure that your data is backed up in the event of such an attack.
By the way, all of my own personal websites, including RJH Solutions, are also down as a result of being registered with GoDaddy. I hope everything gets back up soon!
Update: Everything is back up. GoDaddy just posted a message explaining that no data was compromised, just that the domain names were touched.