WikiLeaks Tangle

WikiLeaks , which surprised the whole world with its lots of secrets  leaks around the world , has its domain down.
WikiLeaks has come under fire for publishing classified U.S. documents, including videos and documents from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan as well as sensitive cables sent between U.S. embassies and the U.S. State Department. WikiLeaks continues to post the cables.

WikiLeaks' main website  was inaccessible since last Thursday night after one of its DDNS i.e Dynamic Domain Network Service provider which terminated its WikiLeaks.org DNS.

Though its in the news that the service provider EveryDNS.net the US based Dynamic Network Services provider has terminated the WikiLeaks.org domain name after a series of DDOS attacks ( Distributed Denial of Service) , since as further DDOS attack would have bring down the whole EveryDNS.net infrastructure i.e Millions of other websites hosted on EveryDNS and hackers would have access to all those websites databases.

EveryDNS.net said in a statement that they have given notice to WikiLeaks via email, Twitter and the chat function available over the WikiLeaks.org website that its domain name service would be terminated in 24-hours.

"Any downtime of the Wikileaks.org website has resulted from its failure to use another hosted DNS service provider," EveryDNS.net said.

WikiLeaks Later put a stange post over twitter saying "EveryDNS.net  has Killed WikiLeaks.org after mass attacks" and asked supporter to keep Wikileaks alive with continued donations.
Donation sounds okay may be after they might be short of funds , due to sudden down of their domain.

Amazon Web Services which also host the Wikileaks domains also confirmed the DDOS attacks, saying in a blog posting that, "There were indeed large-scale DDOS attacks, but they were successfully defended against."

The domain name service termination comes just days after Amazon Web Services stopped hosting WikiLeaks on its servers for breaking user rules saying that websites must use their own content and not carry data that might injure others. The U.S. Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, chaired by Senator Joe Lieberman, had also asked Amazon to stop hosting the controversial website.

Though EveryDNS.net said all of its systems were functioning normally, whats the Buzz going not harder to gaze , all is crystal clear.
WikiLeaks has asked the Web community to open mirror sites so it cannot be downed or censored and said on Monday that 300 plus new sites are already up.
Since Wikileaks is now under heavy DDOS attacks, they are creating mirror sites i.e N no of same sites hosted on differenct linux based server to increase the security and downtime as well making it vitually impossible for the DDOS attackers to put it down , so it seems this might be a game plan , thought well in advance as they were aware they are gona be attacked by the firms and other world bodies for their illegal way of working.

WikiLeaks Twitter feed are going to WikiLeaks.ch have a look at the screenshots below.

I am quite following this-up as to check if its a third party attempting to see where the Wikileaks getting support from or WikiLeaks itself , quite confused right now need to run the mind horses ;).

While as claimed by Wikileaks , their next target will be Banks, meanwhile from sources its confirmed that some hackers has brought down MASTERCARD's Website  www.mastercard.com under the "operation Payback" according to several news reports, including the Guardian and the National Post.
 
The Guardian wrote the following in its article:
The action was confirmed on Twitter at 9.39am by user @Anon_Operation, who later tweeted: "WE ARE GLAD TO TELL YOU THAT http://www.mastercard.com/ is DOWN AND IT'S CONFIRMED! #ddos #wikileaks Operation:Payback(is a bitch!) #PAYBACK"

Hackers reportedly used a distributed denial-of-service attack (DDoS), which is basically designed to flood web servers with so many requests that it slows its service to a virtual stand-still  and reaches a deadlock state.

Swiss bank  is reported to have also suffered a similar attack, and the hacker group claim to be eyeballing PayPal, promising they will be targeted soon.
Adding fuel to the fire was WikiLeaks' founder Julian Assange's arrest a day before yesterday for alleged sex crimes committed in Sweden.
So its getting toucher for the cyber security bodies to keep it under control as no solution has been devised to tackle suck attacks and leaks of confidential data.


P.S : Now virtual space has really turned into a warfare.So whom do you blame for all this mess ? The WikiLeaks ? or those named and shamed in the leaked documents?  or the financial services for cutting WikiLeaks off ? or the Hackers ?. Leaving this Little mind excercise for you 

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