Hacker claims credit for outage at major Web host

Sep 10, 2012
A member of a hacker collective claimed credit Monday for downing the Web hosting firm GoDaddy, which manages millions of websites around the world.

A member of a hacker collective claimed credit Monday for downing the Web hosting firm GoDaddy, which manages millions of websites around the world.

Credit was claimed on Twitter by AnonymousOwn3r, identified as the "security leader" of the loosely organized hacker group knows as Anonymous.

"Hello godaddy.com/ now yes! all servers #tangodown by @AnonymousOwn3r," a tweet said, using the code word for a hack attack.

When some news sites blamed the attack on Anonymous, the same individual responded on Twitter by saying: "it is not Anonymous coletive it's only me don't use Anonymous coletive name on it, just my name."

GoDaddy issued its own statement on Twitter: "Status Alert: Hey, all. We're aware of the trouble people are having with our site. We're working on it."

The company added later: "So many messages, can't get to you all... Sorry to hear all your frustration. We're working feverishly to resolve as soon as possible."

The purported hacker, when asked about his motivation, tweeted; "I'm taking godaddy down bacause well i'd like to test how the cyber security is safe and for more reasons that i can not talk now."

Another message said the attack had no specific time frame: "it can last one hour or one month," the tweet said.

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kochevnik
2.5 / 5 (8) Sep 10, 2012
Couldn't happen to a nicer group of conservatives slightly to the right of Hitler. A bunch of "businessmen" too cheap to pay $9.95/month to host their site professionally.
defactoseven
2.8 / 5 (4) Sep 10, 2012
Considering the lack of language skills, I'd say, either a kid or a non-English speaker.
My bet is it's a kid lacking English skills. BTW, I agree, kochevnik.
xen_uno
2.6 / 5 (5) Sep 10, 2012
C'mon Interpol .. take bozo the hacker down ...
ormondotvos
1 / 5 (1) Sep 10, 2012
GoDaddy should be ashamed of their crap technology and security.
xen_uno
3 / 5 (4) Sep 10, 2012
What do you know about internet technology and security? I hazard to guess ... nothing? There probably isn't a site on the web that a determined, talented hacker couldn't get into if he tried hard enough. You should be ashamed of posting nonsensical drivel.
kochevnik
1 / 5 (2) Sep 11, 2012
What do you know about internet technology and security? I hazard to guess ... nothing? There probably isn't a site on the web that a determined, talented hacker couldn't get into if he tried hard enough. You should be ashamed of posting nonsensical drivel.
I know a fair amount about security. Portraying a bargain-basement operation like GoDaddy as secure is idiocy. Even the techs would probably agree. Laymen aren't even aware of security issues they just want it now and they want it free. That's the GoDaddy market. China is proof that Americans prefer cutting corners over quality. I wouldn't be surprised if GoDaddy outsources there.
xen_uno
3 / 5 (2) Sep 11, 2012
Do ya? Well you know Microsoft has been hacked a few times, so has Apple. This is first case of Go Daddy hacking I've heard of. It's obvious you dislike Go Daddy for personal reasons, and not concrete objective ones. Did they ban you or something? Take your account away for non-payment? My GD Linux hosting account costs $7 a month .. hardly free is it? Their FAQ's and documentation are first rate. Site is fast and reliable. So put your money where your mouth is and prove that the garbage your spewing has any merit ...
PoppaJ
3.7 / 5 (3) Sep 11, 2012
Couldn't happen to a nicer group of conservatives slightly to the right of Hitler. A bunch of "businessmen" too cheap to pay $9.95/month to host their site professionally.


You have no clue. I pay monthly. There is no free service from them. I am a small business owner just starting. I was able to load my own cms on there lowest cost plan. You must have never read about Hitler and his era. There customer service is fast and polite. This hacker has done nothing but screw with the small guy. Thanks alot, and the rest of anonymous should hack you. Pick your battles wisely. There are more deserving enemies out there. Like maybe going after Iran or Syria. become a hero not a zero dodging police.
xen_uno
1 / 5 (1) Sep 12, 2012
OK not $7, but $9 / month ... and GD just gave me a month of hosting for the recent problem. I'd say that's pretty cool.
packrat
1 / 5 (1) Sep 16, 2012
I believe instead of him 'taking credit' the words should 'accepting blame' because taking credit for something doesn't usually get you put in jail where he is going to be going once the authorities there catch up with him. That guy has financially damaged thousands of companies and they could ALL sue him for damages. It's quite possible he could be paying for that stupid stunt for the rest of his pathetic life.

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