Cyber attack forces Wikileaks to change web address

BBC NEWS

December 3rd 2010 @ 10:49 GMT

Whistle-blowing website Wikileaks has been forced to change its web address after the company providing its domain name cut off service. EveryDNS.net said it had terminated services because Wikileaks.org had come under massive cyber attacks. But Wikileaks has already reappeared using a Swiss web address. Wikileaks has also used micro-blogging site Twitter to urge its fans to redistribute its “raw” net address so it can be viewed at any time. This numerical internet protocol (IP) address remains live and accessible even when web domains – the normal “www” addresses used to access most sites – are unavailable. Experts say it is likely that Wikileaks has done deals with lots of web hosting companies, although many are likely to back away from dealing with the controversial site in the light of recent web attacks.

In a post on Twitter, Wikileaks acknowledged that its domain had been “killed” by EveryDNS.net. It was not clear how long disruption to the wikileaks.org site would last. In a statement on its website, EveryDNS.net said it had issued a 24-hour termination notice to Wikileaks which ended at 0300 GMT on 2 December. It said the domain wikileaks.org had 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,” it said.

“Any downtime of the wikileaks.org website has resulted from its failure to use another hosted DNS service provider,” it added. Websites use web hosting firms such as EveryDNS.net to translate their raw IP addresses to a more memorable web address such as Wikileaks.org. But the IP address of a website will also direct users to the site. One web expert explained that Wikileaks had managed to re-establish web access via a different address.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-11907641

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Find all the current Wikileaks Mirrors here. Helpful, if the main site – wikileaks.org – is down.

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  • wikileaks.info – Mirror hosted in Switzerland [62.2.16.94]
  • wikileaks.se – Mirror hosted in Sweden [88.80.6.179]
  • nyud.net – Mirror hosted in the United States [129.170.214.192]  (FULLY WORKING SITE)
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