Wikileaks site down ... but not out

Summary:The Domain Name System (DNS) services of and have been ceased in a move that may torpedo efforts to access the websites

update The Domain Name System (DNS) services of and have been ceased in a move that may torpedo efforts to access the websites.


(Torpedo image, by Marion Doss, CC BY-SA 2.0)

The websites can still be accessed via their IP addresses, and respectively, according to a Wikileaks list of IP address mirrors. Alternatives are also on the mirror site.

However, the DNS services that allow a user to enter an alphabetical web address, such as, have ceased. Users attempting to type in the address will be served a blank page.

Wikileaks' DNS provider pulled the DNS services at 10pm US Eastern Standard Time after the site suffered a massive denial-of-service attack (DoS). said in a post on its site that it had done so because the DoS contravened acceptable use policy.

Only weeks ago the US Federal Government introduced the Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act (COICA) which essentially prevents users across the world from accessing websites banned under US law by forcing the nation's powerful domain registrars to withdraw the domain registrations they control.

The Act calls for the creation of two blacklists: one established with domain names fed through the US courts and the other maintained by the nation's Attorney-General's Office in the Department of Justice.

So far, the US has blocked the DNS registrations of 70 pirate websites under COICA.

Updated at 8:45pm, 3 December 2010: replaced the term registration with services.

Topics: Security


Darren Pauli has been writing about technology for almost five years, he covers a gamut of news with a special focus on security, keeping readers informed about the world of cyber criminals and the safety measures needed to thwart them.

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