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: