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This Week’s Thoughts: The Hard Life of Wikileaks

5 December 2010 by J.M.

It is still getting more interesting: They cannot apply juridical means to Wikileaks, at least not fast and effectively — that’s how the Web is like. Thus, other means have to be used. This week, the whistle-blower site had many problems. First problem being, Amazon chasing the portal off their servers. In case you don’t know yet: Amazon sells storage and servers on the Web — being one of the most important partners of many start-ups and web services. Wikileaks had made use of Amazon too, while paying for their hosting services. Now Amazon has canceled the contract with Wikileaks. Okay, that can happen. However, PayPal too has decided to break up their friendship with Wikileaks. They were getting donations from all over the world via PayPal. The payment company didn’t want to cooperate anymore and has now pulled the plug — allegedly because of Wikileaks performing illegal activities.


Then the portal faced some Denial of Service attacks (DoS), causing their DNS provider to worry about the servers. EveryDNS then became the next one breaking up its friendship with Wikileaks. Consequence: Wikileaks was not or hardly accessible for hours and had to change domain names repeated times. Nobody can tell me that this is by random. Rather, it sounded like a concentrated series of action. For sure, somebody is behind all of this trouble, and nobody should be surprised if it’s the CIA. You need a certain level of power (or “convincing talent”) to move companies like Amazon or PayPal to cancel a contract. Such a thing is extremely rare.

We can be tensed how this will go on. One thing is sure: Wikileaks cannot be turned off easily.

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