Godaddy was taken down by a massive denial of service attack (DoS) by a single hacker, resulting in millions of websites being taken offline today. The hacker Anonymous Own3r targeted the domain name servers (DNS) meaning that even if you just registered your site with GoDaddy and host it somewhere else, your website was toast for most of September 10th. Guess those gils in the sexy white GoDaddy t-shirts aren’t looking so cute to millions of website owners now.
GoDaddy, the world’s largest domain registrar and one of the biggest web hosts, is experiencing major downtime.
The main GoDaddy.com domain is unreachable and websites hosted by GoDaddy are also down. The more problematic part is that any domain registered with GoDaddy that uses its nameservers and DNS records are also down. That means that even if you host your site elsewhere, using GoDaddy for DNS means it is inaccessible.
On Twitter, Anonymous Own3r — the security leader of Anonymous — is taking personal responsibility for the attack.
Also on Twitter, GoDaddy said that it is “aware of the trouble people are having with our site” and that it is working on getting things fixed.
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Reports on Hacker News also indicate that GoDaddy’s phone support is also down.