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Domain Provider Drops WikiLeaks Name
Category : General 03 Dec 2010 09:53 AM | Industry News
WikiLeaks confirmed the drop on its Twitter account, saying: "WikiLeaks.org domain killed by US everydns.net after claimed mass attacks."
Supporters of WikiLeaks around the world are downloading a file the site had called an insurance policy. The files are encrypted with a code so strong it's unbreakable, even by governments.
If anything happens to Assange or the website, the plan was for a key to go out to unlock the files. It seemed unlikely Friday morning that WikiLeaks staff, or Assange himself, would send out the key to the encrypted file in reaction to EveryDNS dropping their site, as their content was back online via the Swiss domain only hours later.
The American provider said in a statement that the attacks had threatened the stability of its infrastructure.
The WikiLeaks site was offline early Friday morning, but a tweet from the group led followers to a new address about six hours after the .org address stopped working. The new address is under the .ch domain, which is Switzerland's primary domain name provider and is administered by SWITCH Information Services, according to an entry in Wikipedia.
In a tweet on Friday, the owner of EveryDNS, Dynamic Network Services Inc., wrote that "trust is paramount: Our users and customers are our most important asset." It did not specify whether it was referring to WikiLeaks, however.
WikiLeaks confirmed the move in a separate tweet, saying "WikiLeaks.org domain killed by US everydns.net after claimed mass attacks." It was not clear where the alleged attacks were coming from.
The ouster from Amazon came after congressional staff questioned the company about its relationship with WikiLeaks. Sen. Joe Lieberman praised Amazon's action and said it should "set the standard" for companies WikiLeaks is using to distribute "illegally seized material"
In its decision to terminate the service for Wikileaks, EveryDNS cited what it called a violation of the provision stating that a member should "not interfere with another member's use and enjoyment of the service."
Webusers accessing the wikileaks.ch address are directed to a page under the which gives them access to the former site, including a massive trove of leaked US diplomatic traffic.
WikiLeaks has come under repeated cyber attacks since it began on Sunday publishing more than 250,000 US diplomatic cables, many of them "secret", that the website is thought to have obtained from a disaffected US soldier.
The cyber attacks have come on top of broadsides from governments around the world after diplomats were left red-faced by the often unflattering revelations in the massive leak of US State Department cables.
"The interference at issue arises from the fact that wikileaks.org has become the target of multiple distributed denial of service (DDOS) attacks," EveryDNS.net said in a statement.