WikiLeaks Changes Domain Name After Being Brought Down by Barrage of Cyber-Attacks

EveryDNS.net, the domain name provider for the whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks, has withdrawn its service after hackers unleashed a crushing series of distributed denial of service attacks on the site.

Within hours, WikiLeaks was back up at a new domain name registered in Switzerland, WikiLeaks.ch, which as of this morning was providing sporadic access to the site.

Reports the New York Times:

In a statement on its Web site, EveryDNS.com, the provider said it terminated WikiLeaks domain name at around 4 a.m. Central European time on Friday.

“The services were terminated for violation of the provision which states that a ‘member shall not interfere with another member’s use and enjoyment of the service or another entity’s use and enjoyment of similar services.’”

It said wikileaks.org “has become the target of multiple distributed denial of service (DDOS) attacks.” Such attacks usually involve bombarding a Web site with attacks, preventing legitimate users from access and designed to make a targeted Web site unavailable.

“These attacks have, and future attacks would, threaten the stability of the EveryDNS.net infrastructure, which enables access to almost 500,000 other Web sites,” the statement said.

The move comes a day after Sen. Joe Lieberman encouraged Amazon to kick WikiLeaks off its servers. Later in the day, the Tableau software company also was swayed by Lieberman's absurd demands and removed charts uploaded to the site.

AlterNet / By Lauren Kelley

Posted at December 3, 2010, 2:00am

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