Millions of GoDaddy websites went down on Monday, allegedly taken down by an Anonymous affiliate, AnonymousOwner3r. GoDaddy denies the hacking claims.
Digital Journal reported on Tuesday that an Anonymous hacker had claimed to take down millions of GoDaddy client websites. GoDaddy is the Internet's largest domain registrar.
According to a statement by Scott Wagner, interim CEO of GoDaddy, the company denies accusations that a hacker was responsible for the takedown.
Explaining the widespread problems experienced the day earlier in its domain name hosting and email provider services, Wagner said, “Yesterday, GoDaddy.com and many of our customers experienced intermittent service outages starting shortly after 10 a.m. PDT. Service was fully restored by 4 p.m. PDT.”
“The service outage was not caused by external influences. It was not a ‘hack’ and it was not a denial of service attack (DDoS). We have determined the service outage was due to a series of internal network events that corrupted router data tables. Once the issues were identified, we took corrective actions to restore services for our customers and GoDaddy.com.We have implemented measures to prevent this from occurring again.”
Wagner added, “At no time was any customer data at risk or were any of our systems compromised.’
However, according to tweets by a self-described affiliate of the Anonymous movement, Anonymous Own3r was responsible for hacking the servers, as can be seen in the tweets below:
Tweets by AnonymousOwn3r
He did however advise that Anonymous as a collective was not responsible, and initially tweeted, “i'd like to test how the cyber security is safe and for more reasons that i can not talk now.”
In a message addressed to the world, Anonymous Owner3r still takes responsibility for the action.
While Wagner did not state how many customers had been affected, he did insist that GoDaddy had provided “99.999 per cent” reliability in the past.
“This is the level our customers expect from us and the level we expect of ourselves. We have let our customers down and we know it,” he said
However, apparently several customers have already said they will leave GoDaddy, as a rival company is making them special offers.
One customer, Kevin Stephens, a California-based entrepreneur, tweeted on Monday, “This morning was the last straw. I’m leaving GoDaddy.”
GoDaddy lost thousands of customers recently due to their support of the controversial SOPA bill, despite retracting their support later.