WikiLeaks Moves Content Away from US-Based Servers
Wikileaks (www.wikileaks.org), the whistle blowing controversial website, has shifted the content of your site in the Iraq war records (warlogs.wikileaks.org) away from servers hosted in the U.S. , according to a report released Monday by Netcraft (www.netcraft.com).
“Yesterday, two IP addresses used by the site belonged to Amazon EC2 instances in the United States, but this is no longer used,” the report said. “Today, the Iraq war records site only uses the two IP addresses;. One in France and in an EC2 instance in Ireland”
According to the report, however, the main web site Wikileaks is hosted on an EC2 instance US-based and DNS for the main site WikiLeaks is operated by a U.S. company, EveryDNS, which was acquired by the owners of the free service DynDNS dynamic DNS April 2010.
The U.S. withdrawal more than likely has to do with the potential threat posed to the site by the U.S. government or military, who reacted angrily to the original publication of the documents, and has subsequently requested that the documents be down.
The potential threat of war records from the U.S. government or the Pentagon, have not materialized in the form of a real effort to take the site down, however, is certainly a possibility will WikiLeaks organization prepared, says Netcraft, therefore, war records site using the separate name servers, hosted in France.
Netcraft’s report indicates that the time to live in warlogs.wikileaks.com is 15 minutes shorter than its normal, but typical for a site that might need to move at short notice. It may be a precaution against attempts to take the site down. However, Netcraft says he has not seen any disruptions on the site.
However, accommodation for the main site Wikileaks can not be all that bulletproof. Together with its U.S. name servers, the wikileaks.org Dynadot domain is registered with a registrar in the U.S., which would be responsible under U.S. law – A possible avenue of attack.
The fact that the way is there to the U.S. government to attempt a knockdown or interrupt access, but has not been used, according to Netcraft, may actually be an indication of the government’s reluctance to interfere with the site at this time.