GoDaddy moves its DNS servers to VeriSign following major outage

GoDaddy is moving its Domain Name Service control into the care of VeriSign, the website hosting provider announced Monday, after suffering a major DNS server outage that took scores of websites offline yesterday.

Although VeriSign is a GoDaddy competitor that sells domain registration services, it provides protection services to prevent distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks.

The website hosting provider, which hosts 5 million websites mostly for small businesses, said that an outage began at around 1:25 p.m. EDT Monday.  

It did not reveal what caused the outage.

"We are experiencing intermittent outages. This is impacting our site and some customers' sites," GoDaddy said in a note sent to customers Monday. "The issue started shortly after 10am PDT."

Once services were restored to most of its customers at 5:43 p.m. EDT, GoDaddy said it essentially handed VeriSign the keys to make their servers GoDaddy's servers.

Neither GoDaddy nor VeriSign would comment on their new relationship.

GoDaddy isn't the only service provider to face a DDoS attack. Last month, AT&T reported a DDoS attack on its DNS servers, resulting in service disruptions for a number of its enterprise customers.

And from the looks of it, GoDaddy and AT&T are not likely to be the only victims of a major DDoS attack. Rob Fleischman, CTO of Xerocole and a noted expert on DNS, told FierceTelecom in a previous interview that all carriers are at risk.

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