The world’s largest domain registrar, GoDaddy, with 19 million customers, has disclosed a data breach impacting web hosting account credentials.
With more than 77 million domains managed, and millions of websites hosted, most everyone has heard of GoDaddy. According to Bleeping Computer, a number of customers have been informed that their web hosting account credentials had been compromised.
The confirmation of the data breach, in an email signed by GoDaddy CISO and vice-president of engineering, Demetrius Comes, revealed that the security incident in question came to light after suspicious activity was recently identified on some GoDaddy servers. The breach itself appears to have occurred on October 19, 2019.
An “unauthorized individual” had gained access to login credentials that meant they could “connect to SSH” on the affected hosting accounts. SSH is an acronym for secure shell, a network protocol used by system administrators to access remote computers.