GoDaddy has issued a statement saying the outage that took down several thousand websites for a good portion of the day on Monday was caused not by any sort of hack or Directed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack, but “internal network events that corrupted router data tables.” TechCrunch posted GoDaddy Interim CEO Scott Wagner’s statement about the outage. Mr. Wagner acknowledged the outage and wrote:
The service outage was not caused by external influences. It was not a “hack” and it was not a denial of service attack (DDoS). We have determined the service outage was due to a series of internal network events that corrupted router data tables. Once the issues were identified, we took corrective actions to restore services for our customers and GoDaddy.com. We have implemented measures to prevent this from occurring again.
@AnonymousOwn3r, the Brazil-based hacker who claimed credit for the outage, responded via Twitter to GoDaddy’s denial:
whooa @godaddy is denying that it was hacked by me! they don’t wanna show their cybersecurity is badthis way they would lose customers !
— Anonymous Own3r (@AnonymousOwn3r) September 11, 2012
AnonymousOwn3r threatened in a second tweet “to bring down godaddy.com again, so this way they would admit instead of hiding the attack.”
We’re not popping the popcorn yet, but the hacker does claim to have the power to bring down an entire nation‘s Internet service, so we’ll sit back and watch for falling nations.