Anonymous has claimed responsibility for a hack on hosting provider and registrar Go Daddy that caused it to have major service issues last night.
A member of Anonymous who tweets at ‘AnonymoisOwn3r' said that he was taking Go Daddy down because he would "like to test how the cyber security is safe and for more reasons that I can not talk now". He later confirmed that it was "not so complex" to take down the servers.
The account's biography lists the person as the ‘security leader' of Anonymous and an ‘official member', but clarified that this was not an act by the Anonymous ‘collective', but by a single person.
Go Daddy said in a statement on its website that it and associated customer services began experiencing intermittent outages yesterday and that services began to be restored for the bulk of affected customers yesterday evening UK time.
It said: “At no time was any sensitive customer information, such as credit card data, passwords or names and addresses, compromised. We will provide an additional update within the next 24 hours. We want to thank our customers for their patience and support.”
According to the Associated Press, possibly millions of sites were affected. Anonymous in the past has voiced its displeasure with Go Daddy's temporary support for the now-shelved Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA).
Rob Cotton, CEO at NCC Group, said: “This is a damning indictment of the current state of cyber defences – standards are simply not high enough. It's a sad state of affairs when the internet's largest domain registrar isn't adequately prepared for a cyber attack. This is simple digital vandalism – yet the measures Go Daddy had in place clearly couldn't handle it.
“The incident also highlights the potential dangers of the supply chain. Go Daddy had poor cyber defences in place, so in turn its customers did too. If organisations don't audit their suppliers' security, then they're leaving themselves wide open.”