Go Daddy CEO Denies Hackers Behind Major Outage

The CEO of Go Daddy said Tuesday internal issues, not a denial of service attack, left millions of hosted sites offline for several hours yesterday.

In a statement, interim chief executive Scott Wagner said an internal investigation into the outage concluded no outside attack took place.

Saudi Aramco says that the virus attack that compromised tens of thousands of the company’s workstations last month never endangered the company’s oil production capabilities and that all of the affected systems have been brought back online and restored. The attack on Aramco has been linked by researchers to the Shamoon malware, but company officials did not comment on the nature or provenance of the malware.

UPDATE–The same team that attacked Google in the Aurora campaign in 2009 is still active and has been conducting a long-term campaign targeting defense contractors, financial services companies, energy companies, human rights organizations and government agencies using a seemingly inexhaustible supply of zero day vulnerabilities. The crew is using a variety of techniques to go after its targets, most notably compromising legitimate Web sites frequented by employees of the targeted organizations and then delivering exploits for one or more of their stockpiled zero-day bugs, researchers say.

A group claiming to have stolen tax returns belonging to Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney say they want $1 million in Bitcoins by September 28 or they’ll publicly release the records worldwide.

News agencies report the U.S. Secret Service is investigating the alleged data theft at the Franklin, Tenn., offices of Romney’s accounting firm, PriceWaterhouseCoopers.

The founder of the largest U.S.-based BitCoin exchange has suspended operations after attackers broke into a server and stole $250,000 worth of the virtual currency.BitFloor founder Roman Shtylman announced yesterday that he had halted operations while evaluating future steps following the breach that amounted to some 24,000 stolen Bitcoins, which amounted to the vast majority of coins BitFloor had on hand. The heist happened while Shtylman was doing a backup that left a copy of wallet keys in an unencrypted area of the server’s hard drive.

UPDATE–The Antisec arm of hacktivist group Anonymous published one million unique device identifier numbers, or UDIDs, for Apple devices, including iPhones and iPads, on Monday night. The group alleges the slew of information was swiped from a laptop belonging to the FBI earlier this year.

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