GoDaddy’s hosting crash sees small businesses suffer

Thousands and possibly millions of websites hosted by went down for several hours, causing trouble for the small businesses that rely on the service. As reported by The Guardian, a Twitter feed that claimed to be affiliated with the ‘Anonymous’ hacker group said it was behind the outage, but that couldn’t be confirmed. Another Twitter account, known to be associated with Anonymous, suggested the first one was just taking advantage of an outage it had nothing to do with. hosts more than five million websites, mostly for small businesses. Kenneth Borg, who works in California at a screen printing business, said their sites were down, and e-mail addresses were also not working. ‘We run our entire business through websites and e-rnails,” Borg said. He said he could empathize to some extent with a potential hacker. GoDaddy became a target for ‘hacktivists’ early this year, when it supported a copyright bill, the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA). Movie and music studios had backed the changes, but critics said they would result in censorship and discourage internet innovation.


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