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GoDaddy sites fall victim to Anonymous hacker

Internet registrar GoDaddy on Monday was hit by an outage reportedly carried out by a member of Anonymous.

"Status Alert: Hey, all. We're aware of the trouble people are having with our site. We're working on it," GoDaddy tweeted earlier this afternoon.

Around half an hour later, the company apologised for not being able to respond to everyone's Twitter messages individually. "Sorry to hear all your frustration. We're working feverishly to resolve as soon as possible," the company said.

A member of Anonymous who goes by the Twitter handle @AnonymousOwn3r and describes himself as the "security leader of #Anonymous," took responsibility for the attack. "How long do you guys think i should let under my #tangodown," AnonymousOwn3r wrote.

He denied, however, that it was a coordinated effort carried out by Anonymous as a whole: "the attack it's coming only from me."

In response, one Twitter user suggested that AnonymousOwn3r's actions would primarily affect the smaller website owners who rely on GoDaddy servers. "Don't you think that the 99% people will suffer because your attack?" wrote @downloadtaky.

"People will not suffer because my attack to godaddy, i just wanna well you won't undestand [sic] because i did it," AnonymousOwn3r replied.

As the tweets display, it does not appear that AnonymousOwn3r has a firm grasp on the English language. In one tweet, he responded in Portuguese; it apparently boasted about knocking 52 million sites offline.

As of 15:30 EST, the website was loading properly at PCMag's offices. The company did not immediately respond to an email asking about the nature of the attacks.

Earlier this afternoon, the @Anon_Central Twitter feed wrote that "By using / supporting Godaddy, you are supporting censorship of the Internet." The feed later asked that followers direct their "godaddy hate" to AnonymousOwn3r.

Last year, GoDaddy came under fire for not opposing the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the PROTECT IP Act (PIPA), but it eventually changed course amidst pressure from the Web.