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GoDaddy sites go down, alleged Anonymous member claims massive hack

The "hacktivist" group Anonymous, represented here by a member in their omnipresent Guy Fawkes masks.
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TechCrunch reports that GoDaddy-hosted websites went down by the millions on Monday in a widespread offlining allegedly at the hands of a hacker. According to the tech blog, GoDaddy-hosted websites, email accounts and phone services were affected.

The web host and domain registrar responded via Twitter to the takedown, saying they were aware of the situation and were working to resolve it. Nearly six hours later,  they were continuing to fix problems related to the outage.

Claiming responsibility for the site attack is AnonymousOwn3r, a Twitter user alleging affiliation with the hacker group Anonymous, but who took individual, non-collective action in the takedown. AnonymousOwn3r has not issued a statement or motive.

In recent years, GoDaddy has been involved in a number of high-profile controversies, including the killing of an elephant by former CEO Bob Parsons, flip-flopping on SOPA and using sexually charged ads and promotions.

Forbes, offering tech solution alternatives to the troubled company, scratches its head in a story Monday, wondering aloud "why millions of websites are still hosted with GoDaddy," a company that it says engages in "poor judgment by its executive team, unethical business practices, carelessness for its existing customers," and "an inability to control its own services."

"GoDaddy did experience some intermittent outages, and it impacted our site and some customer sites," company spokeswoman Elizabeth Driscoll told the L.A. Times. Some sites that were registered with, but not hosted by, GoDaddy also reported issues.

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