GoDaddy announced today, September 10, 2012, that many of its customers are experiencing outages from an assumed hacking. The hosting site is aware of the problem and is working feverishly to get things back to normal.
From Twitter: "Hey all, We're aware of the trouble people are having with our site. We're working on it." .
Email is affected, too. If you call in to the Customer Service Department, you will get a voice message stating, "If you are having a problem with your email, we are aware of the problem."
It is still unclear as to how widespread the problem is. Some sites are up; many are down. GoDaddy hosts hundreds of thousands of web sites.
The infamous hacking group Anonymous was originally thought to be behind the server disaster; however, someone named Anonymous Own3r posted on Twitter (in very bad English) claiming responsibility for the GoDaddy fiasco.
"The attack is not coming from Anonymous coletive, the attack it's coming only from me." [sic]
It should be noted that Anonymous Own3r is, in fact, part of the Anonymous group. This time, though, he apparently acted on his own.
Twitter fired back at Anonymous. (Comments are verbatim.)
Miguel Govea: "Duuude? This attack affects not only corporations but also ppl who support your ideology. whats the rationale?"
Kyle Scott: "So you're all about openness and freedom yet you take down thousands of independent websites that help with that cause?"
GoDaddy is not as popular as it once was, mainly because of its unpopular support for the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect IP Act (PIPA). GoDaddy later changed its stance and opposed the bills, but a lot of people didn't forget. The bills did not pass. (To hear about GoDaddy's SOPA/PIPA change of heart, click on the picture at the top of this article.)
As of the time of this writing, no further statements have been issued by GoDaddy.