Wikileaks website presence unstable after providers deny service

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Controversial website Wikileaks is back up and running after being down temporarily when U.S.-based service provider, EveryDNS, withdrew support for the site, leaving it off-line for a few hours. According to EveryDNS, a new round of hacker attacks on Wikileaks was threatening the service of its other customers.

EveryDNS, which provides access to approximately 500,000 websites, withdrew service to wikileaks.org late Thursday.

"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," EveryDNS said in a statement, indicating that this potential interference with other customers violated “acceptable use” policies of the site:

“Thus, last night, at approximately 10PM EST, December 1, 2010 a 24 hour termination notification email was sent to the email address associated with the wikileaks.org account. In addition to this email, notices were sent to Wikileaks via Twitter and the chat function available through the wikileaks.org website. Any downtime of the wikileaks.org website has resulted from its failure to use another hosted DNS service provider.”

Earlier in the week, on-line retailer Amazon.com ceased hosting Wikileaks on its server, saying that Wikileaks violated the company’s terms of service, as it did not control all rights to the controversial cables released earlier, and stating, “when companies or people go about securing and storing large quantities of data that isn’t rightfully theirs, and publishing this data without ensuring it won’t injure others, it’s a violation of our terms of service, and folks need to go operate elsewhere.”

Amazon.com did, deny, however, that government pressure was not the reason for the termination, although Senator Joe Liberman praised the action on his website, and urged other companies to do the same.

Wikileaks has claimed that pressure has been placed on sites to deny them hosting services, and the company has used its Twitter page to goad EveryDNS and Amazon.com, this morning tweeting:

“WikiLeaks,org domain killed by US everydns.net after claimed mass attacks KEEP US STRONG https://donations.datacell.com/”

“Amazon's press release does not accord with the facts on public record. It is one thing to be cowardly. Another to lie about it.”

Currently Wikileaks can be accessed at http://213.251.145.96/.

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