Go Daddy’s security team stops perpetrator; about 1,000 accounts affected.
GoDaddy.com, the world’s largest domain name registrar, has thwarted an attack by a person who gained access to customer information.
The company discovered that someone gained access to certain customer information through a vulnerability in its systems. The information accessed included names, physical addresses, and customer IDs. Passwords and other sensitive information was not compromised. Affected accounts have been temporarily locked.
“As a precaution, we’ve locked all of those customers’ accounts,” said GoDaddy CIO Neil Warner in an interview with Domain Name Wire Sunday evening. “We started contacting the customers by phone, and are sending an e-mail if we haven’t reached them by phone.” Warner said that all affected customers have been notified, and that only 1/10th of 1 percent of GoDaddy accounts were vulnerable.
Warner said the company is not sure about the intent of the perpetrator.
GoDaddy employees about 30 people dedicated to security, and these teams work 24 hours a day. It’s been a busy week for the team, which dealt with a denial of service attack on its web hosting operations Wednesday morning.
Warner said it appears the attack came from inside the United States. “We have gathered our logs and have sent it to our legal department, which will be forwarding it on to proper authorities to see if we can take action against that person,” said Warner.
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