WikiLeaks Encounters Hosting Trouble

In the wee hours of the morning today, WikiLeaks went offline. Was it a coordinated DDoD attack? The authorities raiding WikiLeak’s servers? Nah, their DNS host just got sick of dealing with all the traffic. Since releasing the newest round of leaked U…


In the wee hours of the morning today, WikiLeaks went offline. Was it a coordinated DDoD attack? The authorities raiding WikiLeak’s servers? Nah, their DNS host just got sick of dealing with all the traffic. Since releasing the newest round of leaked US diplomatic cables, the whistle blower site has been the target of repeated DDoS attacks. Hosting provider EveryDNS said it dropped WikiLeaks to protect the other 500,000 sites under their care. Some have suggested government figures may have influenced EveryDNS.

WikiLeaks was initially only reachable via their IP address, but within hours, had secured new hosting. WikiLeaks is now being hosted in Switzerland at WikiLeaks.ch. This domain name is being served by the Swedish Pirate Party, but the routing is still being done by EveryDNS. So WikiLeaks has now effectively been forced off two hosts in less than a week (attempts to use Amazon cloud hosting failed). Will this site find a permanent home, or is nowhere safe?

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