When a DDoS is not a DDoS…

The interim CEO of GoDaddy, Scott Wagner, issued a press release stating that the outage was not a result of a DDoS attack, but rather an internal networking issue that corrupted the routing database. It would appear that GoDaddy is trying to play politically correct in its wording. Whether self-imposed or from an external attacker(s), DDoS is DDoS.

In computing, a denial-of-service attack (DoS attack) or distributed denial-of-service attack (DDoS attack) is an attempt to make a machine or network resource unavailable to its intended users. Although the means to carry out, motives for, and targets of a DoS attack may vary, it generally consists of the efforts of one or more people to temporarily or indefinitely interrupt or suspend services of a host connected to the Internet. – Wikipedia

The fact that they are choosing to down play the event, makes it seem that GoDaddy is trying to recover from the PR created from the outage that affected their customer base.

On the other side of the issue, the purported hacker of the outage, Anonymous Own3r, tweeted his disdain over the press release when he tweeted the following:

whooa @godaddy is denying that it was hacked by me! they don’t wanna show their cybersecurity is bad this way they would lose customers !

Either way this issue lands, the question will become whether or not GoDaddy Customers view this outage as a result of one of the following:

  • Hacker DDoS Attack
  • Random technical issue
  • Internal incompetence

Only time will tell…

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