Go Daddy is experiencing an outage today (September 10, 2012) on numerous sites, including their own. HostGator is giving 50% off on hosting and domain registrations.
UPDATE SEPTEMBER 11, 2012: Go Daddy Site Outage Investigation Completed – Not a DDoS Attack!
Previous Article and Updates below
There is an unconfirmed report that a malicious hacker known as “I REMOVED IT SO HE DOESN'T GET ANY MORE ATTENTION” has claimed to be responsible for this attack.
The exact number of account holders affected by this outage or how deep it goes is unknown at this time. We have contact GoDaddy's security team via telephone and email and we are waiting for a response. We'll update this post as soon as we know more.
Here's a couple of Godaddy's latest tweets about the outage:
FYI: Currently, they are having phone trouble too because I just tried calling and got a fast busy.
Then while I'm investigating what's going on with Godaddy, I was shocked to find out that Hostgator has jumped in on this outage.
They are offering a 50% off discount on new hosting accounts and domain registrations until September 12, 2012 at Midnight. I called HostGator and confirmed it.
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Pick a new hosting plan and/or register a domain.
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To save 50%, change the current coupon code of SPRING or SUMMER to one of the following coupon codes, GODADDYISDOWN or RELIABLEHOST.
Expires September 12, 2012 at Midnight
You get 50% off on the following HostGator products:
- Any domain registration
- Any shared hosting plan (even up to 3 years)
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- Any dedicated hosting plan (1st monthl only then regular price)
Check out this video on GoDaddy's Outage:
Update 9/10/12 at 5:05pm: I just got off the phone with customer relations over at Godaddy. The security team is still working on the issue and has restored some services. Follow Godaddy on Twitter for updates. Their voice auto message says they are aware of an issue affecting email, our website and some customer websites. I am able to load Godaddy, but when clicking on some of their links they won't load. When I find out more, I'll update this post.
Here's the latest from Godaddy:
Update 9/10/12 at 5:39pm: Good news! Just got a message from the head of security at Godaddy.
We have actually found the root cause, and will be releasing a statement soon.
Update 9/10/12 at 7:45pm: Looks like Godaddy has this under control. Here's their latest tweet.
Update 9/11/12 at 7:15am: New notice at the top of Godaddy.com (click image to enlarge).
There are numerous reports from news sources that Godaddy could have experienced a DDoS. This is still unconfirmed. I'm still waiting on an update from Go Daddy.
“Things are restored,” Go Daddy spokeswoman Elizabeth Driscoll told CNET just before 5 p.m. PT today. She said she did not have many details and was hoping to be able to give an update with more information in the next 24 hours.
In an interview this afternoon, Driscoll reiterated that she could not say what the cause of the outage was, and that she could neither confirm nor deny claims made by the owner of a Twitter account affiliated with the Anonymous online activist collective who has boasted of causing the outage with a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS). She also said she could not say how many sites were affected, whether it was thousands or millions, or whether the outage had affected just sites hosted by Go Daddy or those who use its DNS services as well. She did say the outage started just after 10 a.m. PT today.
“The problem is I just don't have a lot of information for you right now,” Driscoll said.
Source: Article @ cnet.com – Go Daddy-serviced Web sites go down; hacker takes credit
The latest from Go Daddy System Alerts:
Recently Resolved Issues
Network September 10, 2012 at 10:28 AM
We are aware of an issue affecting several services, including email, our website and some customer websites. We understand your frustration. We want you to know that our team is investigating the source of the issue and is working to resolve it as quickly as possible. For updates, you can follow us on Twitter @GoDaddy.
Resolved September 10, 2012 at 6:41 PM
UPDATE 09/11/12 at 12:00pm: Go Daddy Site Outage Investigation Completed – Not a DDoS Attack!