DNS provider pulls plug on Wikileaks

More Wikileaks drama. Following a pull from Amazon’s hosted service its official DNS provider yanked out the plug, removing it from the world wide wibble altogether.

EveryDNS.net, the provider, claimed WikiLeaks’ registration and usage of its service put the rest of its 500,000-ish other customers at risk. And fair do’s – with global attention including the ire of Russia’s sushi-tampering head honchos there’s a possibility of an all-out cyber attack on its hosting. It claims it has been enduring attacks all week.

*Update – CableGate is still available here

The Guardian, WikiLeaks’ UK organ of choice, reports that at 3AM today EveryDNS cut ties with the site. As the world and its dog is aware, Wikileaks released a shedload of confidential diplomatic cables with the promise of more to come. Interpol’s after it, Sweden’s after its spokesman on what Julian Assange calls a smear and the US earlier this year called for the death sentence on confidants. It’s Loose Lips Sink Ships.

Apparently Wikileaks was given 24 hours’ notice before it was pulled. The official line from EveryDNS to The Guardian was: “Any downtime of the wikileaks.org website has resulted from its failure to use another hosted DNS service provider.”

Further domains have appeared. There’s one in Germany – wikileaks.dd19.de – while Wikileaks has said it moved to Switzerland. That domain name is wikileaks.ch – but it only points to a dead DNS address,

Following Amazon distancing itself from Wikileaks, by pulling support on Amazon Web Services, an anti war group has claimed a vendetta against the retailer. Antiwar.com, from the Randolph Bourne Institute and non-profit, suggests a total boycott of the service.

Its founder, Eric Garris, said in a statement: “Unfortunately, it seems Amazon gave no notice to Wikileaks. Normally, in an ethical and legal business relationship, notice is given when contracts are terminated to allow for smooth transition. In fact, if WikiLeaks had chosen to terminate the contract with Amazon, they would have been required to give 30 days notice. Yet Amazon gave no such notice, they just unplugged the servers.”

Reprehensible in some quarters, maybe, but for big business to rattle the cage of world governments is risky behaviour indeed.