Scores of websites downed in GoDaddy DNS attack

Powered by SC Magazine
 

Company hands beleaguered DNS to VeriSign.

Possible millions of websites went offline following an attack against US company GoDaddy overnight.

The attacks appeared to strike DNS servers run by GoDaddy, a registrar and hosting provider to some 5 million websites.

Hackers behind the Twitter handle Anonymous Own3r claimed responsibility.

GoDaddy has begun to restore services but has not offered insight into the outtage, saying only that financial data was not affected.

At 10:25 am PT, GoDaddy.com and associated customer services experienced intermittent outages. Services began to be restored for the bulk of affected customers at 2:43 pm PT. At no time was any sensitive customer information, such as credit card data, passwords or names and addresses, compromised.We will provide an additional update within the next 24 hours. We want to thank our customers for their patience and support.

Go Daddy spokeswoman Elizabeth Driscoll told the Los Angeles Times that the number of victims could run into millions.

Public records first spotted by Wired show GoDaddy handed control of its DNS servers to VeriSign about four hours after the attack.

Anonymous had previously butted heads with GoDaddy for its support of the axed Stop Online Piracy Act.

Copyright © SC Magazine, Australia


Scores of websites downed in GoDaddy DNS attack
 
 
 
Top Stories
NBN to offer TV connections through fibre for greenfields
Ditching aerials to come at a cost.
 
Tech SWAT teams kicking down the digital door
From dam engineers in Ecuador to Sydney light-rail gurus, Cardno's global CIO Karen Wagner is linking up her widespread organisation.
 
AusPost board approves Fujitsu outsourcing
End user computing to be handed over to partner.
 
 
Sign up to receive iTnews email bulletins
   FOLLOW US...
Latest Comments
Polls
Is site blocking effective in stopping piracy?


   |   View results
Yes
  2%
 
No
  86%
 
Somewhat
  13%
TOTAL VOTES: 664

Vote