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GoDaddy Gone. Hackers Took Down the Largest Domain Name Registrar on the Web — Or Did They?

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Millions of GoDaddy sites around the world went dark, leaving large numbers of customers, many small businesses, literally out of business. reported that in addition to the Websites, affiliated email accounts hosted through the service, were also affected. Since there was nobody to ask when service was going to be restored (the 24-hour tech support telephone line was out, too), the next most obvious question was who was responsible?

Immediately, a self-professed leader of the hacker group Anonymous claimed the blame, which was immediately denied by Anonymous members who claimed they had no leaders. If a group has no leaders, it stands to reason it would have no followers for leaders to lead. And, if it doesn’t have leaders or followers, does the group exist at all? Probably a discussion for another venue.

Okay, so ask a cop. What happens when there’s a high-profile crime? A lot of low-esteem people turn themselves in to police, who turn them out because they couldn’t have committed it. And, so it was that the Anonymous leader or follower was not responsible — though many in Anonymous might’ve thought it was a good idea. That’s because, as reported, earlier this year, GoDaddy announced it would support the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), something Anonymous was dead set against. Eventually the company reversed itself after protests had customers switching to other domain registrars, most notably Wikipedia, which cancelled its account.

So who was responsible for the outage that lasted approximately six hours from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. PDT?

According to Matthew Hendley in, GoDaddy interim CEO Scott Wagner said, “The service outage was not caused by external influences. It was not a “hack” and it was not a denial of service attack (DDoS). We have determined the service outage was due to a series of internal network events that corrupted router data tables. Once the issues were identified, we took corrective actions to restore services for our customers and We have implemented measures to prevent this from occurring again.” He added, “At no time was any customer data at risk or were any of our systems compromised.”

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