Go Daddy Hacking Takes Down Prominent Real Estate Sites, Durst
Daniel Geiger Sept. 10, 2012, 6:08 p.m.
The hacking of Go Daddy that brought down scores of websites this afternoon hit several prominent real estate companies.
Colliers International, CIM Group and The Durst Organization all had their websites disabled as a result of the attack, which reports claim was committed by the outlaw hacking group Anonymous.
“We’re monitoring the situation and working to get the site back up,” Jordan Barowitz, a spokesman for the Durst Organization said.
Mr. Barowitz noted that Durst does not use the domain name provider and web hosting company, but that the Durst website was still ensnared in the widespread shutdown because Go Daddy guides some of its traffic.
Other websites for major real estate companies such as CBRE and Vornado did not appear to be impacted by the crash, which impacted millions of sites according to reports. Go Daddy hosts 45 million domain names, according to the company.
The Arizona-based firm’s computer systems were brought down according to written reports around 1:00 this afternoon and has not yet been restored.
The incident hit all walks of the real estate business.
Colliers International is a real estate company that has made a push to expand in the city. The Durst Organization is one of the city’s most prominent and established landlords. CIM Group meanwhile is a powerful institutional investor in several high profile deals in the city, including the Drake development site and 11 Madison Avenue.