Surprise at the GoDaddy outage? Vulnerable networks are ticking bombs
Takeaway: Bob Eisenhardt sees the GoDaddy outage as the tip of iceberg for vulnerable networks from banks to infrastructure. His take is pessimistic. Do you disagree?
It was hard to imagine — the total collapse of the GoDaddy service for six hours on September 12, 2012 by an outside attacker (perhaps) — a single hacker associated, (perhaps) with Anonymous. The CEO of GoDaddy promptly indicated it was caused, rather, by a “series of internal network events that corrupted router data tables.” The stories are bad no matter which version you pick. Accompanying this failure was the thousands of small business websites that produce genuine commerce also collapsed. (One customer was out $50,000). With those failures, an untold amount of raw data also was put, potentially, at severe risk of security theft. With theft can easily follow lawsuits and lawyers get rich.
The GoDaddy incident could be viewed as a staggering breach of web-based commerce, and Steve Wozniak has it precisely correct when the guru-savant of Apple predicted the security risks of storing data “in” the cloud. A partner of mine (a certified BCP/DR planner) feels precisely the same way about the inherent dangers of cloud-based storage. The list of consequences is actually endless if you ponder the imponderables of it all.
The precise cause of the GoDaddy attack remains vague for, obviously, the hacker (or as Cliff Stoll might say, a piece of human slime) is not going to reveal his methods or, worse, location, though doubtless the IP security trace is after his data packets. Anonymous rarely takes credit for attacks it does not commit but the stories on the GoDaddy account do not add up under verification. Thus the internal network story gains credibility or at least makes for better PR. It is far better to admit it’s an internal error than an external invasion which frightens everybody away.Read More...
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