Millions of GoDaddy Sites Down; Hacker Behind It?

Member of Anonymous takes responsibility but won't divulge a motive

By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff

Posted Sep 10, 2012 5:50 PM CDT

(Newser) – GoDaddy is investigating why millions of its websites are down today but won't say much about the details, the LA Times reports. "GoDaddy did experience some intermittent outages, and it impacted our site and some customer sites," said a spokeswoman. "Some are already back online." But customers who only registered domain names with GoDaddy—without buying a hosting service—are also being affected, which could significantly widen the scope of the shutdown.

Meanwhile, a member of Anonymous is taking responsibility for the downed websites, reports TechCrunch. "I'm taking godaddy down because well i'd like to test how the cyber security is safe and for more reasons that i can not talk now," tweeted AnonymousOwn3r. GoDaddy has been at the center of a few controversies, such as its initial support for SOPA, but AonomyousOwn3r claims the attack was not motivated by animosity: "I'm not anti go daddy, you guys will understand because i did this attack.”

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