by Josh Gross
UPDATE: CNET is reporting that Go Daddy released a statement today claiming that its outage was not the result of hackers, but an internal issue.
The statement read: "We have determined the service outage was due to a series of internal network events that corrupted router data tables. Once the issues were identified, we took corrective actions to restore services for our customers and GoDaddy.com. We have implemented measures to prevent this from occurring again."
CNET and other news sources reported Sept. 10 that domain hosting giant Go Daddy has become the latest target of a hacker or hackers using the Anonymous online handle.
According to CNET, a Twitter account called "Anonymous Own3r" has both claimed credit and said that it was a solo operation, not a group action. That Twitter account also claimed it was to test security issues with Go Daddy.
The attack has caused access issues for an unknown number of websites that use Go Daddy's hosting and registrar services.
Go Daddy representatives did not immediately respond to e-mails seeking comment on the outage, and phone lines at the Scottsdale, Ariz.-based company were busy. The problem could be affecting thousands, if not millions, of sites, given that Go Daddy is not only one of the biggest Web site hosters but also the largest domain registrar. The Go Daddy site itself was up, but Twitter users were complaining that numerous sites hosted by the company were inaccessible.
Go Daddy acknowledged "an outage."
Anonymous has previously criticized Go Daddy for cyber censorship due to its support of the Stop Online Piracy Act. Go Daddy's CEO has also been criticized for a much-publicized elephant hunt he went on in 2011.