Anonymous Takes Out Go Daddy

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Anonymous Takes Out Go Daddy

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The "security leader" of Anonymous has claimed responsibility for taking down the internet's biggest web host.

You may have noticed that Go Daddy, the largest internet domain registrar and web hosting company in the world, isn't currently online. You can thank Anonymous for that, specifically @AnonymousOwn3r, the "security leader" of the amorphous internet collective, who claimed personal responsibility, independent of Anonymous, for the attack.

"The attack is not coming from Anonymous coletive , the attack it's coming only from me," he tweeted earlier today. As for why he launched the attack, that remains a bit of a mystery. "I'm taking godaddy down bacause well i'd like to test how the cyber security is safe and for more reasons that i can not talk now," he continued. "I'm not anti go daddy, you guys will undestand because i did this attack"

The unfortunate part for the internet at large is that any domain registered with Go Daddy that uses its nameservers and DNS records has also been knocked out by the attack, even if the site is hosted elsewhere. And while a few individuals have expressed disappointment or anger that the attack is harming individuals as well as corporations, the Anonymous collective, despite not being directly involved, has thrown its support behind the attack: both @Anon_Central and @AnonOpsLegion tweeted, "By using / supporting Godaddy, you are supporting censorship of the Internet."

According to a poster on the Hacker News, Go Daddy's customer support lines are down as well, although that's more likely due to an overwhelming number of incoming calls rather than any direct action by Anonymous. Go Daddy acknowledged its current difficulties on Twitter, writing, "We're aware of the trouble people are having with our site. We're working on it."

At least one company is making the best of the situation, however: Go Daddy rival HostGator is offering 50 percent off domain registrations and six months free on new hosting accounts for anyone using the coupon code "godaddyisdown."

via: Mashable

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Interested to see what the reason was for taking it down.

I'm also interested in the reason. I'm concerned how this will effect individuals, small businesses, even larger businesses.

Please, some country, any country, find these idiots and make them rot in jail. I'm sick of tired of them breaking the laws and shitting all over us under the disguise of "we're doing it for you".

GAunderrated:
Interested to see what the reason was for taking it down.

They said right there. They took down Go Daddy because it supported SOPA and other draconian bills.

So Anonymous censors the internet to fight "censoring the internet"... That's taking the high ground for ya!

Smart move from its competitor there :P

I'm amused by HostGators reaction. Corporate trolling achievement unlocked :D

The reasoning behind taking down GoDaddy is of interest too, but HostGator takes the cake.

Yes because anonymous is perfectly justified so long as they say 'censorship' even if they can't say why its censorship. Cunts. At least have a good reason to support the guy before you say he did a good thing.

Andy Chalk:
And while a few individuals have expressed disappointment or anger that the attack is harming individuals as well as corporations, the Anonymous collective, despite not being directly involved, has thrown its support behind the attack: both @Anon_Central and @AnonOpsLegion tweeted, "By using / supporting Godaddy, you are supporting censorship of the Internet."

Yes, because taking down websites that you don't agree with TOTALLY isn't censorship of the internet.

Edit: Ninja'd

That's Anonymous for you: "Freedom of Speech! (unless it's speech we don't like)" I guess all the websites of all the People and Businesses they took down that have nothing to do with what GoDaddy has done are just "Casualties of War" or somesuch? Seems like "FOR FREEDOM" is to Internet Crusades what "All-Natural" is to products.

This sort of crap would not be tolerated for a damn second if it happened IRL.
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dangoball:
I'm amused by HostGators reaction. Corporate trolling achievement unlocked :D

To be fair when life has given you a gift card like that it would be almost criminal NOT to use it for all it's worth.

GAunderrated:
Interested to see what the reason was for taking it down.

Slythernite:
I'm also interested in the reason. I'm concerned how this will effect individuals, small businesses, even larger businesses.

Based on precedent: I'm going to guess it has something to do with a nebulous, pseudo-philosophical goal used to justify their own pettiness. I dig what Anon does when they stand up for ACTUAL social justice, but anytime it's "To make them pay for their various crimes, TOO MANY TO LIST HERE!", it just hurts their own credibility. I mean what the HELL does "For reasons I can't reveal now" mean?? That sounds like some KGB-logic there, freedom fighters.

Personally i'm anti Go Daddy, but thats only because of a service standpoint. IIRC they aren't that great of a host for anyone wanting to operate a e-commerce store. With their support either refusing to open certian ports that are needed, or running "out dated" servers compaired to some competitors. To the point some e-commerce scripts aren't even compatable.

Things could very likely have changed since I found my information a few years ago, I'm not trying to say that it is this way now with a 100% gaurantee. I found my host and i have no reason to change.

As for why someone from Anonymous wanted to take them down, or says they censor the internet... who knows.

This is great, I love it when bad things happen to disgusting shitty corporations, it just makes my day. hopefully this will will have lasting effects by making Godaddy look bad for having terrible security that can be taken down by one guy.

You gotta love people claiming leading positions in an anarchic collective who aren't even capable of forming a single correct sentence.

Anonymous is slowly turning into a collective of twats. Nah, actually: Anonymous has already turned into a collective of twats. Don't get me wrong, their ideals are perfectly fine ... The execution has been lacking pretty much every single time they tried to pull anything "big".

I'm sorry, but we still care? Didn't anyone give 'em the memo that the Anon fad is over now?

Andy Chalk:
You can thank Anonymous for that, specifically @AnonymousOwn3r, the "security leader" of the amorphous internet collective, who claimed personal responsibility, independent of Anonymous, for the attack.

1. Anonymous has no "security leader". He may be leading a much smaller group, such as LulzSec.
2. Anonymous is much larger encompassing than just the hackers. If this particular case turns out to have originated in England, would we say England hacked GoDaddy? No. There are large parts of Anonymous who do not agree with this behavior, and many were likely GoDaddy customers who got burned.
3. Anonymous is STILL not a formal, organized group. Due to their nameless nature, pretty much anybody can call themselves a member or leader, without any possibility of verification.
4. Why does the story's title credit a group at all? He specifically said he did it on his own.
5. He may be lying. Some people just wanna watch the world give them attention.

Seriously, this sensationalist reporting pretty much across the media is getting tiresome.

P.S. Thanks

He's just mad the Go Daddy girls took out a restraining order against him.

Covarr:

Andy Chalk:
You can thank Anonymous for that, specifically @AnonymousOwn3r, the "security leader" of the amorphous internet collective, who claimed personal responsibility, independent of Anonymous, for the attack.

1. Anonymous has no "security leader". He may be leading a much smaller group, such as LulzSec.
2. Anonymous is much larger encompassing than just the hackers. If this particular case turns out to have originated in England, would we say England hacked GoDaddy? No. There are large parts of Anonymous who do not agree with this behavior, and many were likely GoDaddy customers who got burned.
3. Anonymous is STILL not a formal, organized group. Due to their nameless nature, pretty much anybody can call themselves a member or leader, without any possibility of verification.
4. Why does the story's title credit a group at all? He specifically said he did it on his own.
5. He may be lying. Some people just wanna watch the world give them attention.

Seriously, this sensationalist reporting pretty much across the media is getting tiresome.

P.S. Thanks

1. Quotation marks because, OHMAHGAWD, he actually calls himself Security Leader!
2. And ... exactly what was "wrong" in the article then? The headline may have been a bit off, but "Self-Proclaimed Security Leader of Anonymous takes out GoDaddy" makes for a pretty long headline, don't ya think?
3. Same as 2.
4. This I can agree on. Yet, if any large company's CEO says anything, we consider it representative, and if he calls himself "Security Leader" AND says it through his Anonymous-associated twitter acc it's on him nonetheless.
5. Uh ... so what? GoDaddy appears to be down, and he claims to be responsible for it. That's what the article reports.

Undeadpool:

GAunderrated:
Interested to see what the reason was for taking it down.

Slythernite:
I'm also interested in the reason. I'm concerned how this will effect individuals, small businesses, even larger businesses.

Based on precedent: I'm going to guess it has something to do with a nebulous, pseudo-philosophical goal used to justify their own pettiness. I dig what Anon does when they stand up for ACTUAL social justice, but anytime it's "To make them pay for their various crimes, TOO MANY TO LIST HERE!", it just hurts their own credibility. I mean what the HELL does "For reasons I can't reveal now" mean?? That sounds like some KGB-logic there, freedom fighters.

The point is, and I wish everyone would get it, that Robin Hood Anonymous everyone's still in love with died a little before the Sony attacks. Since then, there's really only one instance of their involvement where I can say they aren't just trying to be Che Guevaras of the internet, fighting for "freedom" by stomping over everyone they disagree with. Freedom of speech won't survive people committing terrorism in its name.

captcha: "what even"
Exactly my question.

Haha, just moved my domains off GoDaddy last month.

Sorry to see so many legitimate businesses taken down by this, though, if there's a silver lining, it will be that some will switch hosting/domain providers. GoDaddy's terrible.

When will news guys and idiots on twitter learn? ANONYMOUS IS A GROUP THAT ANYONE CAN SAY THEY ARE PART OF. It is not official, it is not organized, so why do people keep pretending it is?

This "leader" is lying. Everyone knows that nothing about Anon is official.

Eh. Go Daddy deserves to get hit, even if its users don't. They're obsolete, they support SOPA, and their ads are the sleaziest ever. Sucks for the people using it though. :/

Zakarath:
Eh. Go Daddy deserves to get hit, even if its users don't. They're obsolete, they support SOPA, and their ads are the sleaziest ever.

Agreed, SOPA and the 'OMG bewbs, must register domain name' cause me to strongly dislike Go Daddy as well.

At the same time there are a lot of unrelated victims and I don't really support anonymous thinking themselves the arbiters of all things internet. This kind of vigilantism rarely has a positive outcome.

Good thing I could never bother to go for a hosting company or domain registrar named GoDaddy for my web-server. Now HostGator, that's more my kinda company.

So that's why I keep getting DNS fails or random websites.

He was probably hacking to find all those Danica Patrick pictures they have. Then when he accidentally shut down the site he was like "er... freedom of speech amirite?"

I don't think this was actually meant as a pure attack on GoDaddy for poor practices but just because it was a good group for him to test his strength against. This may be part of a build up strategy for a more interesting attack in the future.

so thats why desktopponies.com is down GODDAMN IT ANON!

GAunderrated:
Interested to see what the reason was for taking it down.

It's most likely typical hacker BS. They get their jollies from messing with people digitally. For no other reason then they have the ability to do so.

Some guy on twitter with Anonymous in his name said that he took down GoDaddy, therefore it must be true...

I can't believe that every news site has jumped on this without any verification, and inflated the already massively undeserved reputation Anonymous has. I'm betting that it wasn't a hack and is a technical issue from GoDaddy's crappy infrastructure.

Annnnd there goes my personal email... and my school email, along with any chance of turning in things electronically. Thankfully it occurred just a few weeks into the school year instead of, say, midterms?

Maybe AnonymousOwn3r is actually a HostGator paid hacker, and hid it under the guise of being anon because anon is such an easy organization to claim being a part of.

*puts on tin foil hat*

Nimzabaat:
So Anonymous censors the internet to fight "censoring the internet"... That's taking the high ground for ya!

And this, boys and girls, is a decent example of Irony.

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