GoDaddy goes down, Anonymous claims responsibility

GoDaddy goes down, Anonymous claims responsibility
By Chenda Ngak CBS News

(CBS News) GoDaddy, the domain registrar and Web hosting company, experienced outages Monday, perhaps taking millions of websites down as a result.

"Status Alert: Hey, all. We're aware of the trouble people are having with our site. We're working on it," @GoDaddy tweeted.

While's site is up and running, websites hosted by the company are still experiencing outages.

"Some services are back online," a GoDaddy spokesperson told CBS News. "It's been intermittent and impacted our site and some of our customer sites. It started at about 10 a.m. PT and we are working to restore all service."

TechCrunch reported earlier that GoDaddy-hosted email addresses were down, as well. The blog suggests customers concerned with that their site has been affected can check online status at Down For Everyone Or Just Me.

A quick call to the company's customer service line resulted in a voice message stating that the company is aware of issues involving several services, including web hosting and emails. The company suggest following its Twitter page for updates.

Twitter accounts thought to be associated with the hacking group Anonymous claimed responsibility for the attack.

"Basically, every GoDaddy site on the planet just crashed," @TibitXimer tweeted.
"#TangoDown -," @AnonOpsLegion tweeted Monday, claiming that the Twitter account @AnonymousOwn3r was responsible for the breach.

"TangoDown" is the term that Anonymous generally uses to signify that a website is down.

"By using / supporting Godaddy, you are supporting censorship of the Internet," @AnonOpsLegion tweeted again later. GoDaddy was the target of protests after it was discovered that the company supported unpopular bills the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and Protect IP Act (PIPA).

The company's latest tweet reads: "Update: Still working on it, but we're making progress. Some service has already been restored. Stick with us."

GoDaddy did not specify at timeline for when all services would be restored, but did say that "all hands are on deck.", one of the most popular domain name registrars, has come out in support of SOPA – The Stop Online Piracy Act.

Adam Savage, of Mythbusters fame, eloquently summed up SOPA in his Popular Mechanics column:

“[SOPA] would allow for the wholesale elimination of entire websites, domain names, and chunks of the DNS (the underlying structure of the whole Internet), based on nothing more than the “good faith” assertion by a single party that the website is infringing on a copyright of the complainant. The accused doesn’t even have to be aware that the complaint has been made. ”

SitePoint urges everyone to VOTE WITH THEIR DOLLARS and transfer your domain names away from GoDaddy, to another registrar such as NameCheap (try SOPAsucks as a promo code) or eNom.

Here’s how to Transfer Your Domain From Godaddy:

1. Make sure your domain name is at least 90 days old
2. Cancel your “Domains By Proxy” registration, if applicable by logging into
3. Unlock your domain name (login, go to Domain Manager, Select All Domains, click Locking icon, uncheck Lock domains, click OK).
4. Ensure you are not using GoDaddy’s NameServer ( for your domain(s).If you are, switch these to the name servers provided by your hosting company.
5. If an AUTH code is required by your new registrar, go to “Tools” -> Exportable Lists, click on Add New Export, Select All My Domains as the list type, check the Authorization codes box, generate the exportable list.
6. Follow the instructions by your new registrar for transferring in domain names
7. Go back to GoDaddy and check “Pending Transfers” (this might take a few hours to show up), check all the domains and click ACCEPT.

Goodbye Godaddy! Good riddance!


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