Monday, September 10, 2012

Hear of the GoDaddy problems earlier today?

While I was not aware of the problem until it is (I hope completely) solved, I thought that I should also bring this to your attention, if not already by other news sites.

GoDaddy is a domain registrar, and does other services such as web hosting. GoDaddy is probably known for its green colors on its sponsored race cars, and their "misleading" tv ads on TV. I put misleading in quotes because if you have ever watched a GoDaddy ad on TV, then you know what I am talking about. GoDaddy has over 53 million domains registered for its users/customers.

Now earlier today, GoDaddy ran into problems, and it put millions of websites down and email services down as well. What you probably didn't know (or at least me) is that many small businesses rely on GoDaddy to host their websites. When the outage arrived earlier today, as I have said before, it put many sites in the dark, along with some email services.
Now the culprit has been "traced" to a member of Anonymous, saying that he/she wanted to test cyber security. What most people think happened, if not already stated officially, was a DDoS attack. Though I'm sure it was more then that considering some users saying that even if it was a DNS issue, accessing their sites via the site's IP address did not work.

Here are some of the Tweets, via images. I'm not sure if I should start using embedded tweets, but that is a different discussion for a later time.
As of right now, this is GoDaddy's latest tweet. They say that most services are back to running normal, but admit that they are still working to get issues solved.
If you own a site hosted by GoDaddy, and you were affected by this outage, then let me know of your thoughts in the comments below. If you can detail what your case was on any issues you have, it would be helpful to add. Since I don't have any GoDaddy domains at all, I wouldn't know what to think of this outage. That is why I'm asking all of you.