A malicious flood of network traffic temporarily knocked Internet registrar GoDaddy’s servers offline today – taking with it the site, its email, and thousands, potentially millions of websites registered through one of the Internet’s most popular services.
A Twitter user quickly claimed credit for the incident. Anup Ghosh, chief scientist with security company Invincea, described it as a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack.
“This is yet another example of how anyone with an agenda can take down large portions of the Internet with really cheap, off-the-shelf tools,” Ghosh told FoxNews.com.
GoDaddy should be protected against such a simple web assault — a DDoS attack involves an overwhelming flood of communication that a server can’t keep up with, but it can be orchestrated with as few as 50 computers.
That an Internet service which hosts more than 5 million websites wasn’t protected reveals a surprising truth: The Internet is still startlingly vulnerable to such an attack.
“Anyone can be hacked, the size of the company has no bearing on it all,” Ghosh said.
Twitter user Anonymous Own3r claimed credit for the attack, and was quick to distance himself from the hacking collective that goes by a similar name.
“It is not Anonymous collective it’s only me. Don’t use Anonymous collective name on it, just my name,” he wrote, shortly after claiming responsibility.
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