Trying to connect to a website today and having problems? It's possible the site you're trying to access was taken down by a hacker earlier today.
The Web hosting company GoDaddy.com took a big hit today from a hacker identifying himself on Twitter as @AnonymousOwn3r. In a tweet the hacker said he wanted to challenge the company's online security and also claimed other reasons he could not disclose. According to @AnonymousOwn3r's Twitter profile he calls himself the "security leader of Anonymous" and an "Anonymous official member." @AnonymousOwn3r indicated the attack on GoDaddy was him alone and not being carried out by the whole of Anonymous' hacker community.
GoDaddy tweeted they are aware of the problem and are working on resolving the issue.
Naperville resident Jacke Zahn, who owns the site www.iwanttoelearn.com, said before learning of the hack, she spent some time trying to troubleshoot her site when it would not load earlier today.
"I spent 15 minutes troubleshooting from here until it occurred to me to jump on Twitter and look up 'GoDaddy'," she said on Facebook.
Zahn's site has been restored, but many sites (including my personal site) remain down. Zahn said her email, whish is routed through GoDaddy is still down.
Jean Allen Kuhn reported on Facebook her three websites, Http://bounce-solutions.com
Http://lagrangechocolates.com and Http://orlandparkchocolates.com, were also down most of the day.
We will update with more information as we receive it.
GoDaddy hosts over 45 million domain names.
UPDATE: More sites seem to have been restored. GoDaddy tweeted "more progress has been made. We're still investigating and working, though."
UPDATE: GoDaddy reported on its main page that most customer sites are back online. They said no customer data, such as credit card numbers, passwords or addresses were compromised. More information will be available over the next 24 hours, they said.