GoDaddy is taking some heat today after falling victim to a DDoS attack that compromised the security and personal information of its users and grounded the millions of domains it hosts. Like many companies that have experienced such an attack, GoDaddy is not just experiencing a huge loss of revenue, but is also being criticized for not better securing its servers and the personal information of its users.
Well GoDaddy, at least you’re not alone. Here are some similar attacks that made headlines in recent years:
- October 21st, 2002: DDoS attack on 13 Root DNS Nameservers. It is often referred to as an attack on the internet itself as the servers are an integral part of the infrastructure of the entire internet.
- January 17th, 2007: TJX announced that it was the victim of an unauthorized system intrusion in which the banking, credit card, and social security info of 46 million customers was compromised. Eleven men were charged including Albert Gonzalez who was later indicted for hacking and stealing the personal information of 130 million Heartland Payment customers.
- February 6th, 2007: 6 of the13 Nameservers are attacked again in an attempt to “destroy the internet.”
- April 2007: Estonian government sites suffered a DDoS attack, crippling not only the national pages, but also those of the country’s banks and schools. Nobody claimed responsibility for the attack, making it ripe for conspiracy theories… many even blamed the Russian government.
- June 25th, 2009: Michael Jackson launches a DDoS attack on Google… well not exactly. There were so many searches related to the pop star (significantly more than any celebrity death before or since) that Google thought it was experiencing a DDoS attack.
- April 17th and 19th, 2011: Sony experiences an “external intrusion” and the personal information of 77 million users is compromised. In response, Sony shut down its Playstation Network on April 20th and was forced to keep it down until May 16th. Not only was this a month of lost PSN revenue, Son also faced criticism and a publicity nightmare for not informing users that their information had been compromised until a week after they learned of it.