Go Daddy works to restore site service to unknown numbers

September 10, 2012

An unknown, but significant, number of websites hosted by GoDaddy are feeling the effects of an apparent attack on the company's DNS servers.

GoDaddy, a registrar and hosting provider, tweeted: "Status Alert:

Hey, all. We're aware of the trouble people are having with our site. We're working on it."

About 30 minutes ago, it said that some service had been restored.

The incident is causing a lot of chatter within Anonymous circles, after an account using the handle "Anonymous Own3r" claimed responsibility, and clarified that this was not an act by the Anonymous "collective," but by a single person.

The person did not provide a motive. The account's bio lists the person as the "security leader" of Anonymous and an "official member."

Anonymous is a loose-knit collective that has no leader.

According to the Associated Press, thousands -- put possibly millions -- of sites are affected. Anonymous in the past has voiced its displeasure with GoDaddy's temporary support for the now-shelved Stop Online Piracy Act, or SOPA, as well as its CEO Bob Parsons' elephant hunting.

Neil Warner, Go Daddy's CISO, did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment.

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