Anonymous Reportedly Takes Down GoDaddy

An apparent Denial Of Service attack on GoDaddy is having a serious impact on many websites:

(CBS News) GoDaddy, the domain registrar and Web hosting company, is down, 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 Monday.

A quick call to the company’s customer service line resulted in this voice message:

“If you are having a problem with your email, we are aware of the problem.”

TechCrunch reports that GoDaddy email addresses are 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.

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

The attack is also having an impact on sites who use GoDaddy’s Domain Name Server service, although that part of the outage seems to be sporadic and not total. For example, I have been able to access several of the sites supposedly impacted by the outage, while others report to me that they have not. Someone on Twitter also told me they were unable to access OTB, but again the site is currently functioning fine for me. That, of course, is the nature of some types of DNS outages and is likely to continue until GoDaddy itself, whose primary website is not currently accessible, has fended off the attack and restored itself.

Update (9/11/2012): GoDaddy says the outage was due to internal problems, not an attack.

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Doug Mataconis held a B.A. in Political Science from Rutgers University and J.D. from George Mason University School of Law. He joined the staff of OTB in May 2010 and contributed a staggering 16,483 posts before his retirement in January 2020. He passed far too young in July 2021.


  1. sam says:

    I seem to be having intermittent DNS problems just getting around the web (and have been for a while). Wonder if my problems are related.

  2. Neil Hudelson says:

    Yeah otb access was down for awhile for me. Obviously thats been fixed.

  3. rudderpedals says:

    Was down for me, of course just as I brought up a new os on a notepad so browsing appeared broken. Muchas gracias anonymous

  4. DRS says:

    Well, now I know what blogs I frequent use GoDaddy. Yes, OTB was down for about 3 hours this afternoon.

  5. Ernieyeball says:

    I have been logged on to OTB most of Monday (Sep 10) and have not noticed any interruption of service.

  6. Ryan says:

    Yesterday sucked for me! Well most of the day. Luckily I had a few of my sites hosted here: