GoDaddy is one of the world’s largest domain registrars. It serves roughly 20 million customers worldwide.
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 GoDaddy.com customer account, and the information stored within your customer account, was not accessible by this threat actor.”
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.
This breach occurred on October 19th, 2019.
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.
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.”