You’re website is your livelihood. You paid for extra backups, redundant servers, your techs made you pay hundreds of dollars per month going from a Shared hosting to a Virtual Private Server (VPS) or dedicated machine. All of a sudden, nobody can access your site! Everything is completely down! How can this be? You are not even hosting with godaddy!
For those who want a brief explanation, you are probably hosting your DNS or website with Godaddy, which got hacked today. When you type in a domain name like example.com, your browser checks with a DNS server to find the IP address of the computer you want to reach. The DNS server, in turn, looks up the DNS record from an Authoritative name server like Godaddy. When you buy a domain name from Godaddy, it sets itself up as the name server. If you host your website somewhere else, you have two choices – either use Godaddy as the DNS and forward, or point to your hosting account, or tell Godaddy to use a different Nameserver.
If you used GoDaddy as your hosting service or Nameserver, the Anonomys hack probably shut down your services. There are many advantages to using GoDaddy as your DNS – the biggest one is that you don’t need to run your own. Unfortunately, many people just discovered a reason NOT to use Godaddy.
So How do I avoid this in the future? One way is to use multiple Nameservers. Most companies provide redundant failover nameservers, but in the case of a hack, redundancy with the same company doesn’t accomplish much. You can, however, set up failover with multiple companies (or even geographies.) After today’s attack, I’m going to recommend this as best practice to my clients.