The group of hackers 'Anonymous' claimed on Monday an attack that put GoDaddy down for a few hours, along with small businesses' websites of at least 10.5 million customers.
Among the affected sites were also humor site eBaum's World and the fantasy sports site Draftday.
USA Today reports that the Web hosting company has been targeted by hackers "because it publicly supported federal anti-piracy legislation called the Stop Online Piracy Act, or SOPA." After practically sending its customers into the competition's arms, the Internet domain registrar withdrew its SOPA support.
A Twitter account believed to be affiliated with 'Anonymous' claimed the other day responsibility for the attack on GoDaddy's servers, by inundating them with traffic until they collapsed. Similar distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks occurred as well in 2007 and 2009.
According to a New York Times update on Tuesday, the outage was caused by internal problems, not a hackers' attack.
Hackers or not, the frustration of many businesses that had to be stopped for a few hours was immense. Time and money are of essence in any business and an outage of such proportion turns people lives upside down.
At least, it appears that no sensitive information like passwords or credit card information was compromised.