GoDaddy Breach - October 19, 2019

GoDaddy is one of the world’s largest domain registrars. It serves roughly 20 million customers worldwide.

What Was the Breach?

GoDaddy described the breach as an unauthorized individual gaining access to the SSH housing system. In a notification email sent to the victims, GoDaddy stated, “Your main customer account, and the information stored within your customer account, was not accessible by this threat actor.”

How Did the Breach Occur?

The hack occurred when an unauthorized party gained access to a GoDaddy server. The company assured consumers they had nothing to fear from the breach, as the hacker had minimal access to internal data.

When Did This Breach Occur?

This breach occurred on October 19th, 2019.

Who Does the Breach Impact?

The breach impacts a surprisingly small portion of GoDaddy’s users. Only a few thousand people had any connection to the breach, which seems to be a mercy to the multi-million client company. However, affected customers are still worried, and for good reason. If the hacker had chosen to, they could have quickly turned the accessed websites upside-down.

How Many Files Does the Breach Affect?

The breach affected about 28,000 people. Luckily, GoDaddy’s investigation found no evidence of tampering with client files. “We have no evidence that any files were added or modified on your account,” said the company. “The unauthorized individual has been blocked from our systems, and we continue to investigate potential impact across our environment.”

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