Was GoDaddy Hacked?

Was GoDaddy Hacked?Was GoDaddy hacked or not? They say no, but many people believe GoDaddy was hacked on Monday September 10th, 2012. This widespread belief stems from 2 events. First, GoDaddy’s web site and the sites of tens of millions of their web hosting customers (possibly all of them) were not accessible on the web Monday. Second, a member of the twitter group Anonymous claimed responsibility for the sites going down. The group itself does not claim responsibility, but rather a single member says it was him/her, the owner of twitter account @AnonymousOwn3r.

Here at Q Web Designs, we noticed several web sites (not our hosting customers) were not available on Monday. Then Tuesday, we received calls from some unhappy GoDaddy [former] hosting customers. One call was from a basement waterproofing company whose site was designed by a different web design company. The waterproofing site was completely down for several hours Monday. Then when the site came back online, only the header of the pages was showing up. The main body and footer content were gone … at least not visible in web browsers. The customer (we’ll call him Bob) spent over an hour on the phone with GoDaddy only to receive an e-mail with some scripting code that Bob couldn’t understand, and GoDaddy did not tell him what to do with it. Bob called us. I got on the phone with GoDaddy. I was on hold for over 7 minutes before I got a representative, and then we finally got around to an “I don’t know” from him. The short story here is, we are rebuilding the entire site from scratch and hosting the site through Q Web Designs. It is unfortunate that Bob is suffering, and GoDaddy can’t tell him why.

GoDaddy Says They Were Not Hacked

GoDaddy apologized for the millions of outages. However, they say this was not the result of hacking. As reported by CBSNews.com, GoDaddy claims “the service outage was due to a series of internal network events that corrupted router data tables” (Scott Wagner, Go Daddy Interim CEO).

Who Believes GoDaddy Was Hacked?

I believe they may have been hacked. How else could someone explain all of their sites going down and then some not functioning properly when they come back online? … And Go Daddy has no clue what is wrong with a site that worked just fine before everything went haywire …?

Why Was GoDaddy Hacked?

It is believed that Anonymous member, @AnonymousOwn3r, launched the attack because GoDaddy (initially) supported SOPA legislation which would greatly censor the web in an attempt to stop online piracy. The SOPA legislation is so restrictive that even libraries have expressed concerns that SOPA may expose them to prosecution. Google, Wikipedia, Reddit and over 7,000 other web sites are opposing SOPA. On December 22, 2011 GoDaddy changed their position stating, “We’ve listened to our customers. Go Daddy is no longer supporting the SOPA legislation.” The statement was made on Go Daddy’s blog where it was very evident (in the comments) that the damage was already done.

How Do You Feel About GoDaddy?

Please click the Comment link for this post and let us know how you feel about GoDaddy. Do you use them for domain registration, hosting, or any other services? Why or why not? In your opinion, was GoDaddy hacked?


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qwebdesigns posted at 2012-9-12 Category: Web Site Design

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  1. #1tfb @ 2012-10-3 22:54

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    Regards