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GoDaddy Goes Dark, Thanks to “Anonymous”

September 10, 2012

An unknown person claiming affiliation with the protest movement “Anonymous” has taken responsibility for today’s hacking of the website host, the Internet’s largest domain register, shortly after millions of sites serviced by the company went dark. The outage affected all sites that are hosted with GoDaddy or use GoDaddy domain services. GoDaddy email and phone services were down as well.

While the official “Anonymous” channels did not claim the attack, they did promote it. Another individual, posting on Twitter under the name “AnonymousOwn3r.”

“Hello everyone who wanna me to put 99% of the global Internet in #tangodown?” “I’m taking godaddy down because well i’d like to test how the cyber security is safe and for more reasons that i can not talk now.”

GoDaddy confirmed the outage, saying: “We’re aware of the trouble people are having with our site. We’re working on it. A second update hours later apologized to all the people writing in and promised that GoDaddy’s techs were “working feverishly” to fix the problem. The company’s own website and support line also appeared to be down nearly three hours after GoDaddy confirmed the outage.

GoDaddy became the target of the Internet last year after the company came out in favor of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), an unpopular series of Internet regulations proposed in the U.S. House that would have fundamentally changed the structure of the Internet and implemented widespread censorship in the name of protecting intellectual property rights.

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