WEB HOSTING FIRM Godaddy saw its services go down for several hours last night as a mystery problem knocked thousands of websites offline.
The firm admitted to the problems in a string of messages on the microblogging website Twitter.
There it said that it was aware of the problem and was working hard to fix it.
Status Alert: Hey, all. We're aware of the trouble people are having with our site. We're working on it.— Go Daddy (@GoDaddy) September 10, 2012
It is not known precisely what caused the downtime, but one Twitter account holder who claims to have links to Anonymous took credit for it.
This was denied and rather scorned, however, by the rest of the group. The account holder, called Anonymousown3r, says that he was working alone, and asked that people not associate the attack with the wider Anonymous group.
He claims that his still attacking Godaddy but has not given any reason for the attack.
In statements on Twitter the hacker has suggested that the attack was easy, claiming that when he chooses to mount a denial of service attack on a website he can keep it offline for months.
Godaddy has not yet responded to our request for comment, but in a statement on its website has told customers that no personal information has been taken in the attack.
Godaddy has reponded to the outage, revealing that there was no hacking involved. A spokesperson said, "The service outage was not caused by external influences.
"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 Godaddy.com. We have implemented measures to prevent this from occurring again." µ
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