GoDaddy Sites Down, Anonymous Claims Responsibility

Websites hosted on GoDaddy are going down around the world this afternoon, according to reports that are streaming in via various social media channels. It’s estimated that millions of sites are currently down, though some GoDaddy-hosted sites appear to still be working. GoDaddy e-mail accounts are also reportedly down.

At this time, the reason for the widespread outage is unknown. It’s possible that hacker group Anonymous is behind things. Anonymous and GoDaddy aren’t exactly the best of friends, resulting from GoDaddy’s support of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) late last year.

The following message was posted on the Twitter feed @AnonOpsLegion:

This would appear to be a claim of responsibility for GoDaddy’s problems, but Anonymous is so decentralized and secretive that it’s very difficult to give much credence to this post. It wouldn’t be the first time an alleged member of Anonymous took credit for something Anonymous didn’t do. Still, GoDaddy is a very powerful, secure company and Anonymous is one of the only entities with the knowledge and skill to take it down.

If Anonymous is truly behind these attacks, it would likely be the largest (and most financially damaging) attack the group has ever perpetrated.

The people at GoDaddy say that they are well aware of the issue (it’s safe to say their support lines are on fire right now) and they are working to resolve it. The company tweeted this official message about the outage:

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5 Responses to GoDaddy Sites Down, Anonymous Claims Responsibility

  1. My site is down because of them.
    However I support them as large companies such as GoDaddy should no be supporting SOPA. Power should not be used in such ways.

  2. HR puff an dstuff says:

    Those of you who beleive this is the work of Anonymouse need to do a little investigative reading. The ndiviual doing this to Godaddy is nothing but a kiddie scripter with a few shell accounts who figured out how to DDOS. This is the same person who would use a granade launcher to test how well his bank has his money secured. Just a dumb ass.

    • “The ndiviual doing this to Godaddy is nothing but a kiddie scripter with a few shell accounts who figured out how to DDOS. ”

      And just what do you think “Anonymous” is?

    • ” The ndiviual doing this to Godaddy is nothing but a kiddie scripter with a few shell accounts who figured out how to DDOS.”

      Perhaps… but if a “script kiddie” with a couple of shell accounts can successfully create such a disruptive and protracted distraction as this, it should probably serve to make one consider what a well organized, well educated, purpose driven individual might be capable of.

  3. I was circle-jerking with guy fawkes masks wearing /b/rothers outside Scientology Orgs long before this LulzSec stuff started and showing up with afro wigs to Gaia meetups before that. “Anonymous” is just as much an entity as “Hacker” or “Asshole”.