(The Hosting News) – In what could be considered the most high profile security breach within the hosting industry in some time, top domain registrar GoDaddy.com and its hosted sites faced extended downtime mid-Monday.
The cause? An apparent online attack made by a supporter of notorious hacking group Anonymous appearing under the Twitter name “Anonymous Own3r.”
The web host’s site remained inaccessible for part of the day, and according to an Associated Press report, hosted sites facing problems may have numbered anywhere between thousands to millions.
“Status Alert: Hey, all. We’re aware of the trouble people are having with our site. We’re working on it,” stated Go Daddy via its Twitter feed. Meanwhile, a later post indicated that the company was “getting closer to normal” and the web host thanked its clientele for their “patience and understanding.”
While speculation of the attack’s origin was concentrated on Anonymous, the person taking credit for it emphasized it was a one-person operation. “tell the people to not understand wrong the attack is coming only from me,” tweeted Anonymous Own3r.
Anonymous is one of the world’s most well known hacking group. It’s unclear what kind of tactic was used in the attack, whether it be DDoS or a data breach. More details to follow..