Previously we have reported that Wikileaks.org website is down due to DNS service pulled by the provider. The update on it is that the Wikileaks website is live again as they have shifted it to a new Swiss domain name; Wikileaks.ch. The site is also available at few other domain suffixes which redirects it to the IP address http://126.96.36.199/.
Reportedly, the Wikileaks.org was down all over the world at 11:25 PST. The site went down due to DNS service pulled by its provider EveryDNS.net. The provider told the reason as continuous DDOS attacks on the site which is also a threat to other sites on the server.
According to EveryDNS:
EveryDNS.net provided domain name system (DNS) services to the wikileaks.org domain name until 10PM EST, December 2, 2010, when such services were terminated. As with other users of the EveryDNS.net network, this service was provided for free. The termination of services was effected pursuant to, and in accordance with, the EveryDNS.net Acceptable Use Policy.
More specifically, the services were terminated for violation of the provision which states that “Member shall not interfere with another Member’s use and enjoyment of the Service or another entity’s use and enjoyment of similar services.” The interference at issues 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.
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.