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Recently, GoDaddy, one of the world’s largest web hosting and domain registrar companies, suffered a security breach that lasted for multiple years. The attackers were able to access the company’s network, steal source code, and install malware on its servers after breaching its cPanel shared hosting environment. While the breach was discovered in early December 2022, it is believed that the attackers had access to the network for several years.
How Does The Hack Affect Me?
This breach highlights the importance of cybersecurity and the risks associated with relying on a single hosting provider. Companies must take steps to secure their online presence and consider moving to more secure hosting platforms like Amazon Web Services (AWS). AWS offers better security, scalability, reliability, cost-effectiveness, and flexibility, which can help reduce the risk of a breach and protect businesses from cyber threats.
GoDaddy has confirmed that the same group of sophisticated threat actors carried out this attack as well as the previous breaches disclosed in November 2021 and March 2020. In November 2021, GoDaddy’s Managed WordPress hosting environment was breached, leading to a data breach that affected 1.2 million customers. The attackers gained access to sensitive information such as email addresses, passwords, and SSL private keys. In March 2020, 28,000 customers were alerted that an attacker had used their web hosting account credentials to connect to their hosting account.
GoDaddy is currently working with external cybersecurity forensics experts and law enforcement agencies worldwide to investigate the root cause of the breach. The company has also found evidence linking the threat actors to a broader campaign targeting other hosting companies worldwide over the years. The apparent goal of the attackers is to infect websites and servers with malware for phishing campaigns, malware distribution, and other malicious activities.
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How Should I Save My Web Presence From The Attack?
As an account holder of GoDaddy below are some immediate steps you can take
- Enable Security on C-Panel
- Make your site SSL Protected
- Enable Web Application Firewall
- Leverage encryption in transit
- Refrain from using old TLS versions
- Migrate your site to cloud providers like AWS
- Gain control over your cloud infrastructure
- Migrate from GoDaddy to AWS
How can AWS Help?
If you are looking for a more secure hosting platform, consider migrating to Amazon Web Services (AWS) with CloudThat. AWS is designed to provide a secure environment for hosting applications and data, with a strong focus on security and a variety of tools and features to help you secure your infrastructure with Compliance certification across industries. We at CloudThat are one of the key Advanced Consulting Partners with AWS and can help in securely migrating your website out of GoDaddy. Apart from the state-of-the-art security, the are multiple other benefits like scalability, reliability, and cost-effectiveness that come as a bundle to your move to AWS.
What Role Can CloudThat Play?
Overall, while security is an ongoing priority task, moving to AWS can provide a secure and scalable hosting environment with a varied range of features and benefits that can help protect your online presence. We at CloudThat are focused to keep our customer’s web presence secure and robust. We are available to help you 24*7. For any help on this matter, fill out the form below and our representative will reach you within 24 hours.
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WRITTEN BY Prarthit Mehta
Prarthit Mehta is the Business Unit Head-Cloud Consulting at CloudThat. He is an AWS ambassador and has experience delivering solutions for customers from various industry domains. He also holds working experience in AWS and Big data platforms. He is an AWS Certified Architect - Professional and a certified Microsoft Azure Solutions Architect.