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Wikileaks sets up defense against more attacks

Wikileaks has quietly bolstered its electronic defenses as its operations have come under increasing financial and political pressure.
Written by Declan McCullagh, Contributor on

Wikileaks has quietly bolstered its electronic defenses as its operations have come under increasing financial and political pressure.

In the last few days, the portion of Wikileaks's infrastructure that relied on a company in Reno, Nevada has been shifted outside the US to a provider in Toronto. Instead of employing only one company to direct traffic to Wikileaks.ch — currently the organization's primary website — 14 providers are now being used to ensure redundancy in case of legal or extralegal attack.

Read: Analysis: Is Wikileaks' Assange actually a terrorist?

As part of its technological counter-measures undertaken since Friday, Wikileaks has turned to servers operated by the Swedish Pirate Party, which previously signaled support for the document-sharing effort in August. The number of mirror sites continues to grow at the pace of one every few minutes, topping 1,000 on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was denied bail on Tuesday on sexual assault-related charges in London.

For more on this story, see Wikileaks armors itself to survive cyberattacks on CNET News.

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