Sites affiliated with hosting service provider and registrar GoDaddy.com went down on Monday as hacker group claimed credit for knocking the company services offline.
The company first gave work of the attacks at 10:35 AM US Pacific time. As of 12:45 PM GoDaddy's site remains inaccessible and customers whose sites are hosted through GoDaddy are reporting that their own sites are down as well.
"Hey, all. We're aware of the trouble people are having with our site. We're working on it," the company tweeted. In a subsequent follow-up tweet, a company spokesperson added "So many messages, can't get to you all... Sorry to hear all your frustration. We're working feverishly to resolve as soon as possible."
The company has not issued any further statement on the matter or provided any estimate on when services will be restored.
Credit for the outage was claimed by a hacker using the alias "Anonymous Own3r." Though a member of the group and self-described "Security leader" for Anonymous, the hacker said that the attack on GoDaddy should be considered a solo attack and not an official Anonymous operation.
While no formal reason was given for the attack, GoDaddy has previously drawn the ire of the hacktivist community for its support of the controversial Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA). The company later withdrew its support for the restrictive web security bill, and SOPA was eventually shelved by lawmakers.
UPDATE: No personal user information was stolen during the hack, according to GoDaddy's website.
At 2:43 PM PT GoDaddy reported that user's personal information was unaffected by the site take down.
"At no time was any sensitive customer information, such as credit card data, passwords or names and addresses, compromised," GoDaddy said in a statement on its website.
"We will provide an additional update within the next 24 hours. We want to thank our customers for their patience and support."
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