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Over 1M User Accounts Data Breached Yet Again!

GoDaddy's security team discovered that incident after spotting an altered SSH file in GoDaddy's hosting environment and suspicious activity on a subset of GoDaddy's servers.

by K. Vatsala Devi
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To the uninitiated, it is easy to confuse GoDaddy as another dating site. But it isn’t. GoDaddy is the world’s largest services platform for entrepreneurs around the globe. On a mission to empower their worldwide community of 20+ million customers and entrepreneurs everywhere, GoDaddy provides them all the help and tools they need to grow online.

Founded more than two decades ago in 1997 in Baltimore, Maryland (under the name Jomax Technologies) GoDaddy  is arguably the world’s most popular domain registrar and web hosting company and it has experienced a meteoric rise through the rankings of the web hosting world and raked in a jaw-dropping $2,231,900,000 in revenue last year.

Data Breaches Are Becoming A Norm

Even with many notches under their belt, it isn’t enough to prevent GoDaddy from being hacked. On Monday, GoDaddy announced a security breach that could affect up to 1.2 million customers, where their exposing e-mail addresses and customer numbers could have been exposed. In the article that appeared on Bleeping Computer, it reported that customers data were exposed after hackers gained access to the company’s Managed WordPress hosting environment.

The incident was discovered by GoDaddy last Wednesday, on November 17, but the attackers had access to its network and the data contained on the breached systems since at least September 6, 2021.

“We identified suspicious activity in our Managed WordPress hosting environment and immediately began an investigation with the help of an IT forensics firm and contacted law enforcement,” said Demetrius Comes, GoDaddy’s Chief Information Security Officer.

The exposure of email addresses presents a risk of phishing attacks, a scheme in which a hacker sends a target an e-mail and tricks them into sending over sensitive information by clicking a link that deploys malicious software.

Read the GoDaddy hack causes data breach affecting 1.2 million customers article and bring yourself up to date on this latest breach. As reliance on technology and computers grows, data breaches and other cyber crimes would become a norm. It is imperious for all of us to play a role in keeping our cyber hygiene up to par.

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