Wikileaks loses domain name after DoS attacks

Wikileaks loses domain name after DoS attacks

Summary: Wikileaks has lost its DNS services after its provider pulled the plug following a massive denial-of-service attack to the site

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The DNS services of Wikileaks.org and Cablegate.org have been ceased in a move that may torpedo efforts to access the websites.

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The websites can still be accessed via their IP addresses — http://88.80.13.160/ and http://204.236.131.131/, 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.

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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.

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  • Wikileaks' DNS provider said: The interference at issues arises from the fact that wikileaks.org has become the target of multiple distributed denial of service (DDOS) attacks. These attacks have, and future attacks would, threaten the stability of the EveryDNS.net infrastructure, which enables access to almost 500,000 other websites.

    Interesting isn't it that Wikileaks has become the focus of a DOS attack because it told the truth? Compare that to the thousands (probably more) of sites that spread lies and disinformation to protect the powerful - where are these self-appointed guardians then?
    Manek Dubash
  • Very much agree Manek.

    The translation is:
    We were leaned on by someone big and we have no balls.
    Tezzer-5cae2
  • Wonder why the Pentagon cares? Outside the US, everybody already knows that their policy is making more enemies so they can keep wasting tax money on arms, oil, and MREs. In the States, nobody knows about the leaks and the patriotic propaganda stands as God's truth. Wikileaks really didn't change that much. But kudos to their courage.
    Briefcentury
  • WikiLeaks is now available at:

    http://wikileaks.de/

    http://wikileaks.fi/

    http://wikileaks.nl/
    velvetfog