Wikileaks Says Its Site Has Been 'Killed'
from the yeah-that'll-help dept
This is definitely a “developing” story, but apparently the entire Wikileaks.org site has gone down again and the Wikileaks folks are claiming that the domain was “killed by US everydns.net after claimed mass attacks.” That’s a bit cryptic and Wikileaks has not been above jumping to conclusions at times. It’s unclear, for example, if it was just the company EveryDNS who did something on their own, or if the US government was involved. It could be as simple as the sort of pressure Senator Lieberman is applying on US companies. Update: The EveryDNS website says they made the decision because the DDoS attacks on Wikileaks violated their terms of service in that it could interfere with other websites. I understand the fear that it could cause problems with other websites, but it seems weird to say that getting attacked by a DDoS violates your terms of service. It’s something totally out of the control of the website.
Either way, it is a bit silly to think that taking down Wikileaks’ website would actually do anything in this situation. The data that they’re releasing is out there and plenty of people can easily find it. It won’t take long for them to set up another website if they want to — and while it may be a bit harder for people to find them, to date, the organization hasn’t exactly had any problems getting everyone else to promote what they release for them. Whatever the reason is for taking the domain name offline, it’s difficult to think it would be effective in stopping Wikileaks in any way. If anything, it just calls that much more attention to the organization.