The hacking group Anonymous has claimed responsibility for taking down the popular web hosting service GoDaddy. As a result, thousands, if not millions, of websites are now offline, including my own personal website. The twitter account for Anonymous, @AnonOpsLegion wrote the following note earlier today: “#TangoDown – godaddy.com by | @anonymousown3r |. As TNW points out, the group took down both GoDaddy’s homepage and its DNS servers, which are used to host websites and email addresses that are associated with them.
GoDaddy responded to the attack recently and said: “Status Alert: Hey, all. We’re aware of the trouble people are having with our site. We’re working on it.” Anonymous often attacks website “for the Lulz” and frequently uses denial of service (DDoS) to take sites off of the air. It typically doesn’t take long for sites to return and is more of an annoyance than anything. We hope, and Anonymous hasn’t claimed otherwise, that all account information is still secure.