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Akst: Anonymous doesn't strike again

Danica Patrick, driver of the #7 GoDaddy.com Chevrolet,

Danica Patrick, driver of the #7 GoDaddy.com Chevrolet, drives during the NASCAR Nationwide Series Virginia 529 College Savings 250 at Richmond International Raceway. (Sept. 7, 2012) Credit: Getty Images

GoDaddy.com was down for a few hours on Monday, and many of the web sites of its more than 10 million customers were down as well. Credit, if you'll pardon the expression, was claimed via Twitter by someone purporting to be a part of Anonymous, the shadowy and loosely affiliated group of hackers that has struck government and business websites before.

Godaddy, for those who haven't seen its provocative TV commercials, is a low-cost web hosting service popular with individuals and small businesses. And earlier this afternoon it said it didn't need any outside help to screw up its operations. It had done so by accident all by itself. So what had first seemed yet another outbreak of Internet vigilantism turns out to be things going wrong in the normal course of business.

Comforting somehow, isn't it?

Pictured above: Danica Patrick, driver of the #7 GoDaddy.com Chevrolet, drives during the NASCAR Nationwide Series Virginia 529 College Savings 250 at Richmond International Raceway. (Sept. 7, 2012)

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