The DNS services of Wikileaks.org and Cablegate.org have been ceased in a move that may torpedo efforts to access the websites.
The websites can still be accessed via their IP addresses — http://126.96.36.199/ and http://188.8.131.52/, respectively — according to a Wikileaks list of IP address mirrors. Alternatives are also on the mirror site.
However, the DNS services that allows a user to enter an alphabetical web address, such as www.wikileaks.org, have been ceased. Users attempting to type in the address will be served a blank page.
Wikileaks' DNS provider EveryDNS.net pulled the DNS services at 10pm EST (3am GMT) after the site suffered a massive denial-of-service (DoS) attack. EveryDNS.net said in a post on its site that it had done so because the DoS contravened acceptable use policy.
The web address www.wikileaks.org returns a blank page. Screenshot: Shannon Doubleday/ZDNet UK
For more on this ZDNet UK-selected story, see Wikileaks site down ... but not out on ZDNet Australia.