GoDaddy: No-OneDunnit

A massive outage at GoDaddy (more on that here), domain registrar and web host, was caused by an internal problem rather than an attack says the company. They also say that no sensitive information was compromised:

GoDaddy-tech-issues

A statement on their site says,

“The service outage was not caused by external influences. It was not a “hack” and it was not a denial of service attack (DDoS).”

It goes on to say,

“We have determined the service outage was due to a series of internal network events that corrupted router data tables. Once the issues were identified, we took corrective actions to restore services for our customers and GoDaddy.com.”

This is contrary to earlier thinking which certainly did suggest some sort of attack -indeed the Twitter user AnonymousOwn3r is still suggesting that he is indeed responsible for the outage. Furthermore, he now claims to have leaked the company’s source code and database onto the site PasteBin as seen in the image below:

GoDaddy-source-codeAdditionally, a text file contained within that .rar goes on to detail 51 alleged vulnerabilities (SQL injection) that he says he has discovered.

So… what exactly is the story here?

Was GoDaddy attacked or not? Was it an internal glitch or something more sinister involving either a single operative – AnonymousOwn3r – or was it Anonymous in general?

To be honest, I’m not too sure at the moment. AnonymousOwn3r is doing a grand job of talking himself up but there are a couple of discrepancies to be spotted:

Either way, I’m sure those GoDaddy customers who are now able to access their sites again are more thanĀ gratefulĀ that the situation seems to be resolved for the time being at least.

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