GoDaddy.com Hosting Hit By A Major Denial-of-Service Attack

A distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack took offline several thousand Web sites hosted by GoDaddy.com Wednesday morning. The outage was intermittent over several hours, according to Nick Fuller, GoDaddy.com communications manager. Neither e-mail nor DNS services were interrupted.

While users on GoDaddy`s forums complained about mail services outages and at least several thousand Web sites unreachable, Fuller said that only a very small percentage of sites were unreachable but would not provide exact numbers “because of security reasons.”

GoDaddy.com’s voice mail system pointed to its support page for more information about the outage and when it would be corrected but there was no information about it there. GoDaddy.com was hit in November 2005 with a similar denial-of-service attack that affected 600,000 of its customers’ hosted Web sites for about an hour.

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