Nearly 30k GoDaddy Hosting Accounts Hacked
GoDaddy, the world’s largest domain name registrar, is warning customers that attackers may have obtained their web hosting account credentials.
This is only GoDaddy’s most recent data breach – in March an attacker phished an employee to gain access to GoDaddy’s internal support system, and went on to change at least five customer’s domain name entries.
GoDaddy indicates that they have updated the account passwords and removed the attacker’s public key. While this should prevent the attacker from accessing impacted sites via SSH, it is strongly recommend to change your site’s database password, as this could have easily been compromised by an attacker without modifying the account.
It is unclear which of GoDaddy’s hosting packages were affected by this breach. According to GoDaddy’s public statement:
We need to inform you of a security incident impacting your GoDaddy web hosting account
We recently identified suspicious activity on a subset of our servers and immediately began an
investigation. The investigation found that an unauthorized individual had access to your login
information used to connect to SSH on your hosting account. We have no evidence that any files
were added or modified on your account. The unauthorized individual has been blocked from our
systems, and we continue to investigate potential impact across our environment.
We have proactively reset your hosting account login information to help prevent any potential
unauthorized access; you will need to follow these steps in order to regain access. Out of an
abundance of caution, we recommend you conduct an audit of your hosting account.
This incident is limited in scope to your hosting account. Your main GoDaddy.com customer
account, and the information stored within your customer account, was not accessible by this
On behalf of the entire GoDaddy team, we want to say how much we appreciate your business
and that we sincerely regret this incident occurred. We are providing you one year of Website
Security Deluxe and Express Malware Removal at no cost. These services run scans on your
website to identify and alert you of any potential security vulnerabilities. With this service, if a
problem arises, there is a special way to contact our security team and they will be there to help.
Again, we apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused. We have already taken and
will continue to take measures to enhance our security in light of this incident.
If you have any questions, or you need further assistance, please call [insert call center number
and hours of operation].