Booted from US-based domain, WikiLeaks site finds refuge with Swiss Pirate Party
A US-based domain name provider terminated its relationship with WikiLeaks.org, saying that attacks on the WikiLeaks site were causing problems for other users.
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The website WikiLeaks.org is no longer functioning, after its US-based domain host on Thursday terminated service for the controversial site. The expulsion forced WikiLeaks to relocate its domain name with a Switzerland-based domain name host, and the website is now found at WikiLeaks.ch.
Perhaps fittingly, the new domain host is the Swiss Pirate Party, which the Associated Press calls "a political group formed two years ago to campaign for freedom of information and sensible technology policy." The New York Times reported that the party is a branch of the Swedish Pirate Party, according to the website whois.com.
"The interference at issues [sic] arises from the fact that wikileaks.org has become the target of multiple distributed denial of service (DDOS) attacks. These attacks have, and future attacks would, threaten the stability of the EveryDNS.net infrastructure, which enables access to almost 500,000 other websites," the statement says.
WikiLeaks confirmed the end of their service through EveryDNS.net on its Twitter account: “WikiLeaks.org domain killed by US everydns.net after claimed mass attacks KEEP US STRONG,” they wrote, appealing for donations.
The termination came a day after Amazon.com canceled its hosting of WikiLeaks' site, saying that sites must contain their own material.
A website requires both a domain name provider and a web server host. For WikiLeaks, EveryDNS.net hosted its domain name while Amazon provided use of its web servers. Though Amazon terminated service as web server host, WikiLeaks is also hosted on the Swedish web server Banhof, which is still providing service, according to the Associated Press.