GoDaddy which hosts millions of websites all over the world are now investigating the outage that made some of their servers down. The outage on GoDaddy.com had knocked some of their customers offline.
In a recent statement and post on Godaddy.com by GoDaddy’s CEO, Scott Wagner states that they are experiencing problems, and while they understand that it is impacting some customers, they are taking the situation very seriously. Everyone at GoDaddy.com is working to restore all the sites that are affected by the outage as soon as possible.
A hacker using the “Anonymous Own3r” Twitter account claims credit for why GoDaddy went down. A tweet by Anonymous Own3r said, “Hello http://godaddy.com/ now yes! All servers #tangodown by @AnonymousOwn3r”.
Anonymous Own3r said that he is using thousand hacked servers as bots to perform the attack. All the bots are sending DOS attack commands using IRC, and he just upload IRC connect on each server to control his every slave by commands.
The hacker used DDOS IRC Bot script that is available on Pastebin. The script is coded in Perl, which can be used to perform huge DDOS attack using IRC.
A recent notice on Godaddy.com homepage states that:
At 10:25 am PT, GoDaddy.com and associated customer services experienced intermittent outages. Services began to be restored for the bulk of affected customers at 2:43 pm PT. 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.
The attack on GoDaddy began at around 10:00 Pacific Time and appears to have been affected the registrar’s DNS servers. Godaddy reported 3 hours after the attack that some service had been restored.
Last year GoDaddy was pressured into opposing SOPA as some of their customers transferred domains off the service, and been center of few other controversies. Anonymous Own3r tweeted that, “I’m not anti go daddy, you guys will understand because I did this attack.”
After suffering from a huge DDOS attack yesterday, which shut down some of GoDaddy’s services, GoDaddy.com is finally live again after transferring their own Domain Name Servers to competing hosting site, VeriSign.