Wikileaks lose their domain name

The DNS Company who provided the controversial Wikileaks with its domain name have decided to cut off their affiliation, effectively leaving Wikileaks with no domain name.

The news comes as last week Wikileaks published 250,000 confidential US documents, despite pleading from governments to halt the go ahead. Before the documents were published the website announced via Twitter that they were undergoing a huge DDOS attack.

On Tuesday, they were hit by yet another denial of service attack except this time with a little change from the previous. The Tuesday attack exceeded 10 Gbps while the earlier attack reached 2-4 Gbps.

At an attempt to shelter themselves from the attacks, the website took shelter with a move to Amazon’s servers. Less than twenty-hours later, Wikileaks lost its host with Amazon who replied that Wikileaks broke the policy, “You represent and warrant that you own or otherwise control all of the rights to the content… that use of the content you supply does not violate this policy and will not cause injury to any person or entity.”

With all the issues Wikileaks are having recently, it seems the website can’t catch a break.

EveryDNS.net has said they terminated its services because of the large scale DDOS attacks but Wikileaks seem to have now switched to a Swiss webhost.

Wikileaks has informed its Twitter followers that the even without a domain, the website can be viewed by its IP address. To help Wikileaks a little more, numerous websites have appeared which mimic the content Wikileaks posts with some even hosting the files on their own servers.

One of the mirror sites, Wikileaks.ch is being hosted on servers in France, which has sparked French Industry Minister Eric Besson to call for a ban of Wikileaks on French servers.

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It looks like our government in in the process of yet another illegal DDOS attack on them all the links to various versions cannot be accessed and time out.

I find it comical that there are people out there that can't stand the fact Wikileaks is releasing this stuff. And I find it even more comical that the same people were the same people screaming that free speech should be entitled to everyone.

So to those people...i will say this...I'll just throw your comments back in your face by saying...If you don't like it...don't go to the website. Nobody is forcing you to look.

Leave Wikileaks alone and just visit other websites.

Good. Sick of hearing about this in the news. I personally don't care if they are around or not. But they are messing with fire and they will get burnt...

superior specie my ass... hopefully the human kind will self destruct and the Planet will finally have a moment of peace and quite for a chance!

dpcdpc11 said,
superior specie my ass... hopefully the human kind will self destruct and the Planet will finally have a moment of peace and quite for a chance!

yep... waiting for the day lol

dpcdpc11 said,
superior specie my ass... hopefully the human kind will self destruct and the Planet will finally have a moment of peace and quite for a chance!

Maybe you should start with yourself you genocidal freak.

Another misleading article!!!

They did NOT loose their damn domain name. They just have failed to update the name servers to a new dns provider. That's all. The domain name has not been sized.

war said,
Another misleading article!!!

They did NOT loose their damn domain name. They just have failed to update the name servers to a new dns provider. That's all. The domain name has not been sized.

Who is "they" and can you cite any facts/reference regarding your assertion? Thanks.

This is very sad. To know that our tax dollars are being used by the American Government to force company's to execute Wikileaks. All because they don't want to be exposed for their corruption.

Mike Frett said,
This is very sad. To know that our tax dollars are being used by the American Government to force company's to execute Wikileaks. All because they don't want to be exposed for their corruption.

I think thats the point really. I find it funny, politics in general - the US is in a standstill for the next 4 years due to the recent vote, nothing will change in their government, so in the meantime lets take down some torrent sites and information pages hosted outside the USA rather than finding drugloards, thieves, rapists, kidnappers and murderers IN the USA. Again, not fixing anything - just moving it around - like their politicians and wall street.

Logical step I think.... right?

Mike Frett said,
This is very sad. To know that our tax dollars are being used by the American Government to force company's to execute Wikileaks. All because they don't want to be exposed for their corruption.

Exactly..

Really? You guys all think you live in a free and democratic country. Well, newsflash: you don't. America is one of the less democratic western countries, but your politicians are very good at hiding it from you. I'm not saying it's bad. There are certain things a superpower has to do in order to maintain it's power and the current world order. If they wouldn't do it, they wouldn't be a superpower for long. The only problem is, it can get really nasty sometimes. You all know what's going on, but I don't see any uprises against the corrupt politicians or the shady backroom deals, because you are okay with it deep down. It protects your way of life.

I don't like wikileaks, at all, but I don't understand how they can just have their domain name taken. Most the article seems like a rehash of the last few days, is there any additional info on this domain bit?

thornz0 said,
I don't like wikileaks, at all, but I don't understand how they can just have their domain name taken. Most the article seems like a rehash of the last few days, is there any additional info on this domain bit?
Censorship. Never thought it would happen in the US.

thornz0 said,
I don't like wikileaks, at all, but I don't understand how they can just have their domain name taken. Most the article seems like a rehash of the last few days, is there any additional info on this domain bit?

The domain name is still registered. Looks like only the DNS was taken down.

So with the government siezing all these domains lately (or in this case the registrar revoking the record). Why hasn't thepiratebay.com been seized or taken down (the domain specifically)?

Edrick Smith said,
So with the government siezing all these domains lately (or in this case the registrar revoking the record). Why hasn't thepiratebay.com been seized or taken down (the domain specifically)?

cause piratebay isnt against " 'high ranked' nations " or leaked info to get them a DDoS from someone 'unknown', i guess

AKLP said,

cause piratebay isnt against " 'high ranked' nations " or leaked info to get them a DDoS from someone 'unknown', i guess

They just seized a whole slew of torrent sites last week.

How can a DNS provider just take their domain name? Don't they have some kind of legal rights to the domain name so long as the payments are kept up? I can understand them withdrawing DNS services, but not stealing the domain name.

TCLN Ryster said,
How can a DNS provider just take their domain name? Don't they have some kind of legal rights to the domain name so long as the payments are kept up? I can understand them withdrawing DNS services, but not stealing the domain name.
This is unclear to me too...more info please.

TCLN Ryster said,
How can a DNS provider just take their domain name? Don't they have some kind of legal rights to the domain name so long as the payments are kept up? I can understand them withdrawing DNS services, but not stealing the domain name.

Well, if the DNS provider is under continuous DDOS attack racking upwards of 10gbps, Im sure they can pull the plug. Why didn't they just hit their server IP instead?

I doubt hollywood will run with this until it settles down a bit. The biggest thing you have to look at here is how everyones caving in to the fear of government attack if they support the site in anyway. Unless Hollywood plans to portray WikiLeaks in a bad manner or WikiLeaks wins in the end you won't see people willing to toss money into it.

"The west has fiscalised its basic power relationships through a web of contracts, loans, shareholdings, bank holdings and so on. In such an environment it is easy for speech to be "free" because a change in political will rarely lead to any change in these basic instruments. Western speech, as something that rarely has any effect on power, is, like badgers and birds, free. In states like China, there is pervasive censorship, because speech still has power and power is scared of it. We should always look at censorship as an economic signal that reveals the potential power of speech in that jurisdiction. The attacks against us by the US point to a great hope, speech powerful enough to break the fiscal blockade"

Julian Assange

Drunken Beard said,
"The west has fiscalised its basic power relationships through a web of contracts, loans, shareholdings, bank holdings and so on. In such an environment it is easy for speech to be "free" because a change in political will rarely lead to any change in these basic instruments. Western speech, as something that rarely has any effect on power, is, like badgers and birds, free. In states like China, there is pervasive censorship, because speech still has power and power is scared of it. We should always look at censorship as an economic signal that reveals the potential power of speech in that jurisdiction. The attacks against us by the US point to a great hope, speech powerful enough to break the fiscal blockade"

Julian Assange

Wonder when we will hear of a movie title for this script growing every day.

Will this be a Hollywood production?

Rhialto said,
Wonder when we will hear of a movie title for this script growing every day.

Will this be a Hollywood production?


I'm sure Bollywood can produce one in a few weeks.

What I do find funny is all these people going on about conspiracies for 911, not going to the moon, war for oil and other crazy conspiracies that there is not one bit of evidence come to light.

Just waiting for the replies: 'Not yet', 'they destroyed the evidence' among other tin foil hat replies.

Once people realise governments lie, they do things that people do not expect or want them to do, this will never change!

All these leaks will do is cause them to tighten security and become more secret than ever before if that is possible.

imo... if the government is trying to hide the truth then every thing they've done uptill now is in vain. They suck at reforming nations and they're all there for their own (countries) personal gain. ****ing hell this ****es me off so much. ImO direct a ****ing DDoS against palin. she instigated this. DDoS her useless site! since the "Obama administration is doing nothing". Why should they? America apparently stands for all freedom, freedom to do whatever you want, practice whatever religion people wanted and to be able to do anything and everything within their rights to do whatever they want. Here's a man not using American services but still brought down by Americans..

IMO he should go China and chill there! ^_^

Undefineed said,
imo... if the government is trying to hide the truth then every thing they've done uptill now is in vain. They suck at reforming nations and they're all there for their own (countries) personal gain. ****ing hell this ****es me off so much. ImO direct a ****ing DDoS against palin. she instigated this. DDoS her useless site! since the "Obama administration is doing nothing". Why should they? America apparently stands for all freedom, freedom to do whatever you want, practice whatever religion people wanted and to be able to do anything and everything within their rights to do whatever they want. Here's a man not using American services but still brought down by Americans..

IMO he should go China and chill there! ^_^


A bunch of the information they released is bad for China too, they're just as likely to be behind the DDoS as America is.

Stokkolm said,

A bunch of the information they released is bad for China too, they're just as likely to be behind the DDoS as America is.

More likely to be China. They already block wikileaks inside China. The next step is to censor wikileaks outside of China.

IICODECll said,
4Chan is far from logical.

Actually Anon is the proof that you can achieve auto-organization through motivation with little to no rule inforcement.

Drunken Beard said,

Actually Anon is the proof that you can achieve auto-organization through motivation with little to no rule inforcement.

Providing the organization is malicious or disruptive. Says something about human nature.

vincent said,

4Chan lol

4Chan wouldn't DDOS a website that's main ideal is freedom. 4Chan usually DDOS websites that try to put restrictions on the internet. It wouldn't be logical.

Tom said,

4Chan wouldn't DDOS a website that's main ideal is freedom. 4Chan usually DDOS websites that try to put restrictions on the internet. It wouldn't be logical.

4Chan is what America should've been!

Sraf said,
I wonder which government/s are responsible for the DDOS?

Personally, if that is ever discovered 4chan should round and attack them.

Tom said,

4Chan wouldn't DDOS a website that's main ideal is freedom. 4Chan usually DDOS websites that try to put restrictions on the internet. It wouldn't be logical.

Hints the 'lol' after Vincent's post...

Tom said,

4Chan wouldn't DDOS a website that's main ideal is freedom. 4Chan usually DDOS websites that try to put restrictions on the internet. It wouldn't be logical.

Should 4chan DDOS their own site since they are putting restrictions on the internet by DDOSing sites that put restrictions on the internet?

Tom said,

4Chan wouldn't DDOS a website that's main ideal is freedom. 4Chan usually DDOS websites that try to put restrictions on the internet. It wouldn't be logical.

4Chan b users would DDOS wikileaks for the Lolz...

wetworker said,
Put freedom to the test and it fails every time. Maybe it's time we go low tech again.

this has nothing to do with freedom

Brent1700 said,

this has nothing to do with freedom

It's my right to know what's going on. sticking your head in the sand will not make things go away.

All governments especially the western ones are like drug dealers with wives, (wives the populous) All is good when the cash and diamonds are rolling in but when the **** hits the fan they plead ignorance to what their husbands were up to.

Why do they hate us?

wetworker said,

It's my right to know what's going on. sticking your head in the sand will not make things go away.

All governments especially the western ones are like drug dealers with wives, (wives the populous) All is good when the cash and diamonds are rolling in but when the **** hits the fan they plead ignorance to what their husbands were up to.

Why do they hate us?

Capital comparison, my lad. Why, I couldn't have put it better myself. *tips hat*

wetworker said,

It's my right to know what's going on. sticking your head in the sand will not make things go away.

All governments especially the western ones are like drug dealers with wives, (wives the populous) All is good when the cash and diamonds are rolling in but when the **** hits the fan they plead ignorance to what their husbands were up to.

Why do they hate us?


No, it's NOT your right to know. These people are releasing things that were said in private by government officials. They're not leaking information, just bits of conversations. Nowhere in any law does it say the public has the right to know what is said between government officials. Governments should be allowed to communicate with one another without the public knowing what is said. It simply wouldn't make sense for us to know every conversation had by government officials and really, these leaks aren't doing anybody any good.

Brent1700 said,

No, it's NOT your right to know. These people are releasing things that were said in private by government officials. They're not leaking information, just bits of conversations. Nowhere in any law does it say the public has the right to know what is said between government officials. Governments should be allowed to communicate with one another without the public knowing what is said. It simply wouldn't make sense for us to know every conversation had by government officials and really, these leaks aren't doing anybody any good.

These people represent us, and we pay them and trust them to do the right thing.
It is our right to know what they are doing.

Brent1700 said,
It simply wouldn't make sense for us to know every conversation had by government officials and really, these leaks aren't doing anybody any good.
The trouble is that governments deliberately use leaks to soften news or generate headlines. They manipulate the public, yet they aren't happy when organisations like Wikileaks expose the truth behind the scenes.

TwoXfour said,

These people represent us, and we pay them and trust them to do the right thing.
It is our right to know what they are doing.


The governments secrecy != Twitter. Again, kiddies who don't understand what is happening, shouldn't comment. Unless you enjoy making a fool out of yourself, by all means go on a head. The rest of us will continue to laugh at the stupid comments on these articles.

Brent1700 said,
They're not leaking information, just bits of conversations.

Depending on the context - it is information.

For example the fact that the Saudi government is pushing for an assault on the sovereign state of Iran - sure, a lot of people already knew many of the countries there hate the Iranian government but this gives such claims diplomatic validity and shows just how far they're willing to go rather than allow them to acquire nuclear power or weapons.

I'm sure we'll see more real information and less gossip in the coming months, I doubt the US government and others would so brashly try to block if there was nothing they were either ashamed or afraid of.

vette said,

The governments secrecy != Twitter. Again, kiddies who don't understand what is happening, shouldn't comment. Unless you enjoy making a fool out of yourself, by all means go on a head. The rest of us will continue to laugh at the stupid comments on these articles.

Please refrain from your inept patronization. Unfortunately for you, you're nearly half my age, so i will excuse your idiocy, but you are obviously acutely naive to the way the world should work.
If you are happy for members of your country to die with no understanding or knowledge of why, you deserve no freedom yourself.

TwoXfour said,

These people represent us, and we pay them and trust them to do the right thing.
It is our right to know what they are doing.

Here here

wetworker said,

It's my right to know what's going on. sticking your head in the sand will not make things go away.

All governments especially the western ones are like drug dealers with wives, (wives the populous) All is good when the cash and diamonds are rolling in but when the **** hits the fan they plead ignorance to what their husbands were up to.

Why do they hate us?

You think that Western governments (read the US) are behind the DDoS and other troubles they are having? Oh ye of little clue. Other than embarrassment (remember, it was the State Department's cables that got leaked) the United States (and especially our diplomats) comes out looking pretty darn good - it's the majority of NFN (non-free nations) that come out looking like idiots (the PRC, North Korea, and Russia in particular). And those opinions about certain nations' leaders - I'd heard worse about all of them right here in Neowin's Real World Issues forum before WikiLeaks dropped those Diplomatic Demarches on an unsuspecting planet.

Here's something else for you to chew on - look at the three nations making the MOST noise about said cables. Rather amusing that the United States isn't one of them! (The three nations doing the most screaming are the PRC, Iran, and France.) The PRC in particular has a history (and a recent one) of using cyberwarfare (including DDoS attacks) to get its own way. However, the Russians aren't exactly pikers in that area, either.

Brent1700 said,

No, it's NOT your right to know. These people are releasing things that were said in private by government officials. They're not leaking information, just bits of conversations. Nowhere in any law does it say the public has the right to know what is said between government officials. Governments should be allowed to communicate with one another without the public knowing what is said. It simply wouldn't make sense for us to know every conversation had by government officials and really, these leaks aren't doing anybody any good.

My only question is now that you know some of the information that has been released, are you happy with the decisions that have been made on our behalf? I am not asking you to rationalize it.

PGHammer said,

You think that Western governments (read the US) are behind the DDoS and other troubles they are having? Oh ye of little clue. Other than embarrassment (remember, it was the State Department's cables that got leaked) the United States (and especially our diplomats) comes out looking pretty darn good - it's the majority of NFN (non-free nations) that come out looking like idiots (the PRC, North Korea, and Russia in particular). And those opinions about certain nations' leaders - I'd heard worse about all of them right here in Neowin's Real World Issues forum before WikiLeaks dropped those Diplomatic Demarches on an unsuspecting planet.

Here's something else for you to chew on - look at the three nations making the MOST noise about said cables. Rather amusing that the United States isn't one of them! (The three nations doing the most screaming are the PRC, Iran, and France.) The PRC in particular has a history (and a recent one) of using cyberwarfare (including DDoS attacks) to get its own way. However, the Russians aren't exactly pikers in that area, either.

My question. Do you think it is possible for the United States to carry out a DDoS attack? If so, do you think it is in the nature to be capable of doing such a thing?

presence06 said,
Bet the US is holding guns to these places tell them to drop him so he "falls".

I don't think they would, they are better often not poking the fire. It is more that these commercial ventures do not want anything to do it. I cannot blame them.

stevember said,

I don't think they would, they are better often not poking the fire. It is more that these commercial ventures do not want anything to do it. I cannot blame them.

Common Carrier/Safe Harbor provisions protect ISPs, DNS providers, etc. against responsibility for how their subscribers use the service. Otherwise, AT&T would be responsible every time the mafia ordered a murder over the phone, for example.

Whether pressure was brought to bear (indeed likely), the DNS company is responsible for this terrible decision. If I had service with them for any commercial business, I'd be transferring my business to another more reputable provider.

stevember said,

I don't think they would, they are better often not poking the fire. It is more that these commercial ventures do not want anything to do it. I cannot blame them.

Irony is... Liberals vs Conservatives mostly and even on the conservatives some are for wikileaks. and Ron Paul as usual is not surprise. Rand Paul is no Ron Paul. KKK is allowed to complain , I don't agree with wikileaks but if america preaches free speech we gotta let wikileaks go.

their domain name is still registered, its not "lost" at all! - the title of this article is misleading.

Only their DNS provider has pulled the plug, easily fixed, and as above there are already workarouds in place.