Terrorism or Activism? Millions of Sites down due to GoDaddy hack by alleged Anonymous Leader

UPDATE: The specific servers down are CNS1.SECURESERVER.NET, CNS2.SECURESERVER.NET, and CNS3.SECURESERVER.NET, according to TechCrunch

UPDATE 2: @AnonOpsLegion has tweeted the following, perhaps providing a clue as to the reasoning behind the attack:

UPDATE 3: GoDaddy Says that “No customer data compromised”


UPDATE 4: @YourAnonNews distances the Anonymous collective from the events today:


FINAL UPDATE: Statement From Go Daddy – NOTICE:

At 10:25 am PT, and associated customer services experienced intermittent outages. Services began to be restored for the bulk of affected customers at 2:43 pm PT. At no time was any sensitive customer information, such as credit card data, passwords or names and addresses, compromised. We will provide an additional update within the next 24 hours. We want to thank our customers for their patience and support.

In a move that has brought down countless websites, @AnonymousOwn3r has taken credit for a GoDaddy hack of their DNS (Domain Name Servers).  As the largest domain registrar, and one of the most popular web hosts out there, this has resulted in far-reaching repercussions for many website owners.  The team here at ViralFever has attempted to get through to GoDaddy phone support, however it currently seems inaccessible from at least our location.

Competitor pokes fun at their competitor

On top of domains being inaccesible, some GoDaddy users have reported that other services are down as well – hosted E-mail, Phone services, & more.  The alleged member of Anonymous* taking credit for the downtime is known as the group’s security leader, identified only by his Twitter handle @AnonymousOwn3r, and has made it clear that at least for the GoDaddy hack, he is acting alone, apart from the Anonymous collective:

*While the account bio claims to be ‘Security Leader’ for Anonymous, this is unverifiable currently – due in no small part to their…well, anonymous, nature.

With #TangoDown now a buzzword in every website owner’s ear, Twitter accounts claiming to be Anonymous still haven’t shied away from applauding their comrade’s efforts:


GoDaddy has said that they are aware of the problems, and are in the process of resolving them currently.


Neither the hacker himself, nor the Anonymous collective have shared with the world why GoDaddy became a target – although some media outlets have theorized it may be related to when GoDaddy was pressured in to opposing the SOPA bill.  That said, it could be any number of recent controversial events that the company has been involved with. ViralFever investigators are researching leads to determine the motive.

A lot of people have cheered on Anonymous for their past actions, like when they posted a list of Twitter accounts of known pedophiles, or went after various foreign governments to fight censorship.  So -

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  • chviolin

    Sometimes, Anonymous can be really great, but other times, they’re just downright weird. I just don’t understand this one, I guess. I understand why they would target GoDaddy, but not why they would take down so many people’s domains to do it.

  • vida_llevares

    Although I commend their boldness in promoting their causes, I think the ends they want do not justify the means they choose. Hacking these websites cause severe disruption in a lot of activities.

  • Marta A. Sloane

    Anonymous is a scary batch of what they call hacktivists. They’ve been active in Florida, causing problems. Do not talk to or mess with them, they are not the good guy..

    • nathancbrown929

      @Marta A. Sloane I’m curious, what Florida activity are you referring to?

  • Steve Parks

    Brilliant move hitting godaddy. I don’t condone it. Just curios as to your reasons to take them down. You guys amaze me with your talent.

  • nathancbrown929

    Update: GoDaddy claims no customer data was compromised. (Refresh the page to see update at top of article).

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