The American domain name provider EveryDNS has withdrawn its services to the the controversial Wikileaks. They were forced to switch to a Swiss domain name Wikileaks.ch from Wikileaks.org. The action took place late Thursday for the reason that the new hacker attacks threatened the rest of its network.
In a statement from EveryDNS, they said that “Wikileaks.org has become the target of multiple distributed denial of service attacks. These attacks have, and future attacks would, threaten the stability of the EveryDNS.net infrastructure.”
Wikileaks has posted a tweet confirming the move saying “WikiLeaks.org domain killed by US everydns.net after claimed mass attacks.” On a separate tweet, Dynamic Network Services Inc., the owner of EveryDNS also posted the following, “trust is paramount: Our users and customers are our most important asset.” It didn’t specify though that it is referring to Wikileaks.
The said action was done by EveryDNS on the grounds of violating the provision stating that a member should “not interfere with another member’s use and enjoyment of the service.”
Wikileaks has been famous to have spilled and would be spilling thousands of embarrassing U.S. diplomatic cables as well as classified U.S. military documents. The source of these documents has remained unclear. This has angered the US and other governments. These controversial diplomatic documents were mostly about the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Currently, the US got Bradley Manning as their prime suspect of leaking the mentioned documents to Wikileaks.
Similarly, Amazon.com also evicted Wikileaks last Wednesday after it had provided the site with its servers to distribute embarrassing classifieds. Their action was praised by Sen. Joe Lieberman and said it should “set the standard” for companies WikiLeaks is using to distribute “illegally seized material”.
Such cut of services done by a domain provider is very rare. According to Andre Rickardsson, an expert on file-sharing and information technology security at Sweden’s Bitsec Consulting, domain name providers normally don’t drop their clients unless the clients themselves have breached their user contract. He also added the following statement, “WikiLeaks is not behind the disturbance here, but individuals trying to disturb WikiLeaks’ operations.”
Rickardsson believed that EveryDNS is just under pressure to do such act. Mark Stephens, the London-based lawyer for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, is also thinking the same thing. “Pressure appears to have been applied to close the WikiLeaks domain name,” he wrote on the micro-blogging website.