GoDaddy comes back online after attacks

GoDaddy restored some services on Monday as the company battled online attacks that severely impacted its hosting and domain-name registration operations.

"We're still working," the company wrote on Twitter. "Getting closer to normal. Thanks for all your patience and understanding."

Elizabeth L. Driscoll, vice president of public relations for GoDaddy, said via email that the outage started around 10:25 AM Pacific time, and services for the bulk of affected customers were restored at 2:43 PM.

"At no time was any sensitive customer information, such as credit card data, passwords or names and addresses, compromised," she wrote. "We will provide an additional update within the next 24 hours."

GoDaddy, one of the largest domain name registrars, manages some 48 million domain names and has more than 9.3 million customers. A member of the hacking collective Anonymous took credit for the takedown, claiming it was in retaliation for the company's support at one time for the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA). The company later reversed its position.

The person, who goes by @AnonymousOwn3r on Twitter, took sole credit for the attack. The person was the subject of both admiration and invective on Twitter, as the attack caused significant disruptions.

Data collected by Netcraft, an Internet security and monitoring services company in Bath, England, showed the GoDaddy.com domain was offline for a few hours on Monday afternoon, although it appeared to be recovering.

Efforts to reach AnonymousOwn3r were not immediately successful.

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