WikiLeaks evades shut-down with mirrors

Robert Clark & Michael Carroll
06 Dec 2010
00:00
WikiLeaks has set up a network of mirror sites in an effort to stay online, while its latest batch of leaked documents say the Chinese leadership directed attacks on Google.
Facing constant denial of service (DOS) attacks and legal threats from the US, French and Australian governments, Wikileaks now uses a mass mirror network of 355 sites set up by supporters worldwide.
“If you have a unix-based server which is hosting a website on the Internet and you want to give wikileaks some of your hosting resources, you can help!” Wikileaks said in call for help.
The website went off-air for seven hours on Friday after US DNS provider EveryDNS.net canceled its domain name, claiming the sites breached its fair use policy as a sustained Denial of Service attack threatened access to other sites its hosted.
“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.
The take-down highlighted a weakness in the open-ness of the net, whereby a handful of registrars have the ability to take a domain name offline.
The site transferred its business to a Swiss hosting firm dropping the .org tab for a .ch moniker, and began inviting web firms worldwide to set up mirrors.
The mirrored sites use a /wikileaks directory tag, such as mirror2.wikileaks.lu.

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