Domain registrar GoDaddy.com is the latest target of Anonymous hackers.
Just this morning, users of the site experienced outages and the company admitted that they were having some major issues with getting everything back on-line after an onslaught of customer complaints and questions.
“Status Alert: Hey, all. We're aware of the trouble people are having with our site. We're working on it,” the company tweeted at 10:35 this morning.
The customer service number goes to a message saying that GoDaddy is aware of problems affecting multiple services such as e-mail and hosting. The message then says the best way to follow the updates is the GoDaddy Twitter account, according to CBSNews.
The company also tweeted: “Sorry to hear all your frustration. We're working feverishly to resolve as soon as possible.” This was in response to the deluge of Twitter messages from angry users.
GoDaddy’s official site is back up and running, but the outages are still affecting sites running through GoDaddy, which number into the millions. Customers attempting to access email accounts are finding it especially difficult.
Soon after it was obvious something was seriously wrong with GoDaddy’s services, Anonymous activists started claiming responsibility for the attack.
“#TangoDown - godaddy.com,” tweeted @AnonOpsLegion. In Anonspeak, TangoDown usually means success in taking down a website.
The hacker known on Twitter as @AnonymousOwn3r, the self-described “security leader of Anonymous,” is claiming sole responsibility for the attack. The hacker tweeted in Portuguese at one point.
Evidence suggests that his or her handle is a misnomer and he or she does not actually own Anonymous, a purposely vague and leaderless hacker group.
The hacker claims his actions are in response to GoDaddy’s support of controversial SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) and PIPA (PROTECT IP Act) legislation. The @Anon_Central Twitter handle claimed that users of GoDaddy were supporting the laws’ supposed internet censorship. GoDaddy eventually revoked support of the legislation, yielding to very vocal internet users.
The hacker has found him-or-herself the subject of Twitter debate since the attack earlier today. Supporters praise @AnonymousOwn3r activism and the attention the hacker brought to the issue. Others, including many GoDaddy users, are furious, claiming the hacker is hurting struggling small businesses that have nothing to do with GoDaddy’s stance on the SOPA and PIPA bills.
The hacker claims to have also attacked Facebook earlier this year for “blocking Google Chrome” (the link is in Portuguese).