Virtual Threat Contributing Writer
A member of the Anonymous hacker group claimed responsibility for an attack on sites hosted by GoDaddy.com early Monday morning. The hacking group claimed that the service provider was targeted because of their support for internet censorship. GoDaddy is responsible for website hosting and DNS services for millions of sites.
As of the time of this writing the GoDaddy.com website is back online, however websites hosted by the company are still experiencing problems. GoDaddy’s customer support number also replaced their standard recording with a notification that the company was aware of the issue and is taking steps to fix it as soon as possible. They also published the following message to the GoDaddy Twitter account:
“Status Alert: Hey, all. We’re aware of the trouble people are having with our site. We’re working on it.”
The AnonOpsLegion Twitter account, managed by members of the Anonymous group, posted the following message confirming the attack:
#TangoDown — http://www.godaddy.com/ | by @AnonymousOwn3r |
Tango Down is a term often used by hackers when a website has been hit by an attack, such as a DDOS, that keeps users from being able to access the site’s pages. The Anonymous hactivists are well known for taking down websites that either censor the internet or support internet censorship initiatives.
GoDaddy is well known as the #1 choice for many small to medium businesses that are unable to provide the infrastructure for running their own websites, DNS and email servers. As a result many of these small businesses found themselves victims of the attack and expressed their outrage through Twitter and other social networking sites.
An Anonymous member calling himself AnonymousOwn3r claimed responsibility for the attack and tweeted a message stating that he is working to restore access to the millions of users that were potentially affected.