September 11, 2012
At 8 a.m. EST on September 11, 2012, hacktivist @AnonymousOwn3r was back on his Twitter feed, bragging about yesterday’s shutdown of down GoDaddy.com. Today, he’s letting everyone know he can take down Google, too.
As stated in a previous article, AnonymousOwn3r claims he’s working solo this time around and his attack on GoDaddy.com had nothing to do with the political hacktivist organization Anonymous. And so far he still hasn’t issued any statement other than to say, “I’m taking godaddy down bacause (sic) well i’d like to test how the cyber security is safe and for more reasons that I can not talk now.”
RT America web producer Anderw Blake and CBSNews.com both seem to think that AnonymousOwn3r’s attack is his way of showing his disapproval with GoDaddy’s support of the Stop Online Piracey Act. However, while GoDaddy did originally support SOPA, after losing thousands of subscribers they reversed their position. Blake thinks AnonymousOwn3r may have taken down GoDaddy because President Obama is currently poised to sign an executive order if the alternative legislation, Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act doesn’t pass.
Yesterday, Twitter was flooded with angry tweets from GoDaddy customers whose businsses were shutdown right along with GoDaddy. Blogs, websites and email were down for millions of businesses across the Internet. These tweets weren’t directed at GoDaddy, as you might expect. Rather, they were directed at AnonymousOwn3r, who obviously had no regard for the millions of small business owners he was affecting.
All the while the hate-tweets were pouring in, AnonymousOwn3r was bragging about taking down four FBI websites and taking down Facebook and re-tweeting messages from his admireres. In the middle of those tweets was a message from Anonymous, the hacktivist group, a message which was repeated again this morning:
“Please redirect your godaddy hate to @AnonymousOwn3r says is the ‘leader’ of Anonymous #derp Have #lulz with that.”
Is AnonymousOwn3r really the Security leader of Anonymous, like his Twitter profile says? It doesn’t sound like it but who knows? He disappeared from Twitter about 6 p.m. EST on Monday and didn’t come back on until 8 a.m. Tuesday. Maybe he was out looking for another site to hack. Maybe he’s in an area where his Internet connection shuts down at night.
Or maybe mommy just told him it was time for bed. If AnonymousOwn3r were a mature adult with a real political agenda, he would have chosen a better target. As it is, GoDaddy will lose a few customers over this but not enough to make a difference. It takes too much time and know-how to move a website from one hosting provider to another and many of the small businesses posting on Twitter yesterday reported having multiple sites.
And most users are going to be sympathetic with GoDaddy once they realize that it was some arrogant hacker who took their business down for a day. AnonymousOwn3r clearly made more enemies than he made friends yesterday and now he’s bragging that he can even take Google down if he wants to.
“@itsbryandude i already bring down facebook once just read ithttp://www.hiperfree.com/blog/2012/urgente-facebook-passa-por-problemas/ … and about google yes i can bring it down too”
Again, AnonymousOwn3r still isn’t offering up a reason for his GoDaddy attack and with all the bragging and chest pounding going on on his Twitter feed yesterday, this seems more like an act of an arrogant, spoiled child than someone who’s trying to make a political statement.
However, twice this morning he’s let through retweets linking to a Geek.com article about GoDaddy CEO Bob Parsons killing an elephant and a leopard while on vacation in 2011. “Not surprisingly, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) are having a field day with this whole fiasco, which is also bringing attention back to Parsons’ video of him killing a leopard.”
At that time, PETA announced it was closing its account with GoDaddy and urged everyone else to follow their lead.
So maybe AnonymousOwn3r has a heart after all, it’s just in the wrong place and it’s about 10 sizes too small. Too bad. He should put those special powers to good use instead of hurting innocent people.
Donna Anderson writes for Examiner.com