WikiLeaks switches domain names after being dropped by provider

The cyber attacks that have been launched against the site WikiLeaks after it started hosting hundreds of thousands of pieces of intelligence stolen from the U.S. government have forced the site to switch its domain name from wikileaks.org after it was dropped by its domain name provider:

The American company EveryDNS said that it stopped hosting the website wikileaks.org late Thursday after cyber attacks on the site threatened the rest of its network. WikiLeaks responded by moving to a Swiss domain name, wikileaks.ch — and calling on activists for support. […]

EveryDNS said that “Wikileaks.org has become the target of multiple distributed denial of service attacks. These attacks have, and future attacks would, threaten the stability of the EveryDNS.net infrastructure.”

WikiLeaks confirmed the move in a separate tweet, saying, “WikiLeaks.org domain killed by US everydns.net after claimed mass attacks.” It was not clear where the alleged attacks were coming from.

WikiLeaks uses sites in multiple countries to distribute information and WikiLeaks' Swedish server host, Bahnhof, confirmed that the website had been hit by a cyber attack just before it leaked thousands of classified U.S. diplomatic cables.

On Wednesday, Amazon.com Inc. — who had provided WikiLeaks with use of its servers to distribute embarrassing State Department communications and other documents — evicted it. WikiLeaks remains on the servers of its Swedish provider.

I'm sympathetic to those trying to take the sites down but given the nature of today's information age, even if you take down WikiLeaks, once the info it obtained has been posted, that genie is not going to get back into the bottle.

The bigger question is why the U.S. and other governments have only now begun to take WikiLeaks seriously. This second round of American intelligence leaks seems less military oriented. Efforts should be made to ensure that there will be no further rounds of WikiLeaks.

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