GoDaddy: We were not hacked

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- GoDaddy, one of the largest Web-hosting companies in the world, says it was not hacked.

The company's site, as well and many of its customers' sites, experienced intermittent outages Monday.

The problems started shortly after 10 a.m. GoDaddy Interim CEO Scott Wagner said service was fully restored by 4 p.m.

While somebody with the Twitter handle @AnonymousOwn3r, supposedly a member of the hacker group Anonymous, claimed responsibility for the outage, Wagner said GoDaddy was not hacked.

"The service outage was not caused by external influences," Wagner said in an email Tuesday morning, less than 24 hours after the outage. "It was not a 'hack' and it was not a denial of service attack (DDoS). 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 We have implemented measures to prevent this from occurring again.

"At no time was any customer data at risk or were any of our systems compromised," he continued.

With its corporate headquarters in Scottsdale, GoDaddy hosts millions of websites, many of which are for small businesses. It's not clear exactly how many of GoDaddy's customers were affected by the outage.

GoDaddy was a target for "hacktivists" early this year, when it supported a copyright bill, the Stop Online Piracy Act. Movie and music studios had backed the changes, but critics say they would result in censorship and discourage Internet innovation.