With one simple tweet, “#tangodown godaddy.com…Hello everyone who wanna me to put 99% of the global Internet in #tangodown?” one lone hacker, with the Twitter handle, “AnonymousOwn3r,” took down internet giant GoDaddy.com, causing an outage to the GoDaddy site, 1000s, if not millions, of sites that have GoDaddy-hosted sites, and their DNS, GoDaddy hosted e-mail accounts, and GoDaddy phone service. #tangodown is taken from a military term, meaning a target was successfully attacked. Hackers also use it when it means that a website has been taken offline.
Initially reported to be an attack by the Anonymous Collective, Anonymous Own3r tweeted at Tech Crunch to please edit their initial story reporting that Anonymous was responsible for the attack, saying, “the attack is not coming from Anonymous coletive [collective], the attack it’s coming from me only.” Despite it apparently being a solo mission, the official Anonymous twitter page, @AnonOpsLegion, did tweet to Anonymous Own3r, “Good job brother, glad to see you back.”
Responses in the Twitter-sphere ranged from admiration:
“Very impressive feat. When will further reasons/details be released? Myself as well others are rather curious.”
“Duuude? This attack affects not only corporations but also ppl who support your ideology. whats the rationale?”
But many of them seemed to lay exactly in the middle – being begrudgingly impressed. Said one Twitter user:
“f*cks my entire work day, but so epic I can’t be mad.”
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“@godaddy can’t stop one hacker, and @AnonymousOwn3r can take it all down. Pissed & impressed at the same time…btw two of my sites r down.”
One Twitter user, @film_girl, has been able to get a few answers out of Anonymous Own3r, asking, “Were you able to take down the whole block of DNS servers?” Anonymous Own3r replied, “yes! it’s not so complex.” When it came down to why this attack was carried out, Anonymous Own3r was somewhat vague and seemed to foreshadow more to come, saying, “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,” and then saying, “I’m not anti go daddy, you guys will undestand because i did this attack.”
But Anonymous Own3r seemed to be having fun with it all, tweeting, “how long do you guys think i should let http://www.godaddy.com/ under my#tangodown ?”
GoDaddy has acknowledged that they are aware of, and working on, the issue, with their most recent update saying, “Update: Still working on it, but we’re making progress. Some service has already been restored. Stick with us.” It is no secret that the Anonymous collective is not a fan of GoDaddy, especially given their initial support of SOPA/PIPA, before being pressured into pulling support. And GoDaddy is certainly not a newbie to controversy, having drawn the ire of many customers after CEO Bob Parsons flaunted his elephant killing expedition online. We will continue to bring updates as they occur.
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