UPDATE, Sept. 11, 17:33 GMT: GoDaddy has released a statement explaining the outage that affected websites who used its services, and denying that it was caused by an unscrupulous hacker. "The service outage was not caused by external influences. It was not a 'hack' and it was not a denial of service attack (DDoS)," the company's interim chief
executive, Scott Wagner said.
Instead, the outage had come from a series of "internal network events that corrupted router data tables." Wagner didn't give further details, but added that GoDaddy had put measures in place to make sure a similar incident didn't happen again.
The company also posted an update on Twitter: "Good morning, everyone. Thanks for your support yesterday. We posted a message about the outage: http://x.co/gdupdate - Not an attack."
The self-proclaimed, GoDaddy saboteur, who made his claims via Twitter handle @AnonymousOwn3r, has yet to respond to the company's statement.
GoDaddy is picking up the pieces after a server outage that appears to have paralyzed millions of websites the company hosted, infuriating small business owners and artists who used the service. The web hosting company said on Twitter last night that most customers' hosted sites were now, "back online. We're working out the last few kinks for our site and control centres. No customer data compromised."
The company also appears to have migrated control of its DNS servers to its publicly-traded competitor, Verisign. "On Monday afternoon — about four hours after it was knocked offline — GoDaddy's administrators made a change to the company's DNS records, indicating that they were shifting control of the servers from GoDaddy to VeriSign," Wired reported last night.
The outage started Monday evening British time, and not long afterwards someone using the Twitter handle @AnonymousOwn3r claimed he had attacked the company's servers. Though he refers to himself in his Twitter bio as a "Security leader of Anonymous" (probably jokingly) he also claims to be acting alone, to be from Brazil, and to have been behind another outage that reportedly affected Facebook earlier this year.
While popular Anonymous Twitter accounts distanced themselves from the attack, the person behind @AnonymousOwn3r claimed the attack was not the work of the collective. "It's only me," he said. An hour earlier he had announced, "#Tangodown GoDaddy.com by @AnonymousOwn3r."
If the Twitter handle really is behind the outrage, via what he claims was a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack coordinated by public and private bot scripts, his motivations are unclear. It could be hubris: "Hello everyone who wanna me to put 99% of the global Internet in #tangodown?" he also tweeted last night.
But when asked about the "why" by a Mashable reporter he answered, "I'm taking godaddy down bacause well i'd like to test how the cyber security is safe and for more reasons that i can not talk now."
It could also be protest. GoDaddy has had its share of controversies, such as its temporary support for the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and that time its CEO, Bob Parsons, shot a wild elephant in Zimbabwe. Forbes contributor Kelly Clay has even given five reasons to leave the service.
Whatever the case may be, GoDaddy has yet to release an official statement on the matter, save for its updates on Twitter. AnonymousOwn3r, on the other hand, is tweeting prolifically.