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I don't understand what is described here, part of it sounds like the
ISP kicked the client, part of it sounds like a registrar issue, and
overall I don't find it easy to understand:


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OK, I'll bite.

Wikileaks won't need to change their domain NAME due to these problems, =

they will just need to change their domain name SERVICE (DNS) provider. =

The news article really starts off with bad terminology in the first few=

sentences - "[..] after the company providing its domain name cut off  =


A quick WHOIS lookup tells me that the domain REGISTRAR is Dynadot, whil=
e  =

the DNS for the domain is handled by EveryDNS.net.

 From what I can tell by the article, I can imagine this issue coming un=
der  =

EveryDNS.net's terms of service (http://www.everydns.com/aup.php ):
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In the recent few months (coming in waves after their biggest releases, =

more or less), the Wikileaks website has received an enormous amount of =

hits, and this also responds to quite a deal of queries to their domain'=
s  =

DNS servers. Since EveryDNS.net provides their service for free, it's ju=
st  =

a matter of Wikileaks to switch to a paid service provider, or even set =
up  =

several virtual servers around the globe and host their own DNS. Once th=
ey  =

change their DNS provider, it may take anywhere from 12 to 72 hours befo=
re  =

the full DNS details are updated (replicated) around the globe.

Their actual ISP (as in, the company that hosts the actual servers) is a=

whole other matter, though.

To sum it all up, the main confusion between the domain registrar and th=
e  =

DNS provider (and where the issue lies) comes from mangled terminology i=
n  =

the BBC article.

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Thanks.  I suppose I'm not clear on the difference between registrar
and DNS provider and hosting company.  I really wasn't aware that the
DNS propagation work was split off into a separate service, and still
don't quite completely understand how that works.

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On Sat, 04 Dec 2010 00:37:09 -0700, crankypuss wrote in

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That'll get you up to speed.

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UPDATED: Wikileaks Loses DNS Service, Supporters Spread Mirrors as 'Infowar'
Nick Judd | December 3, 2010 - 10:55am | Email This!
The Wikileaks.org domain was disconnected last night when Wikileaks'
now-former domain name system service provider, EveryDNS, stopped serving
the domain.

Since then, a network of supporters has started sharing the domain names and
IP addresses of mirror sites.

Prominent Internet personalities are calling for supporters to rally to
Wikileaks' cause. NYU professor visiting scholar Dave Winer, credited with
pioneering Really Simple Syndication, is pushing out the IP addresses of
Wikileaks mirrors on his  Twitter feed. John Perry Barlow, the Grateful Dead
songwriter and EFF co-founder, wrote on Twitter that efforts to muzzle
Wikileaks are the start of an "infowar," and called for people to set up
mirrors of Wikileaks' material.

Winer is also pointing people to a list of mirrors of Wikileaks' website and
content. In the hours after losing its DNS service, Wikileaks established a
new domain at Wikileaks.ch, using a Swiss top-level domain, that redirects
to Writing on his Skeptic Geek blog, TechMeme editor
Mahendra Palsule observed that while it was a Swiss domain, traffic appeared
to be going to servers in Sweden.

My own traceroute of that domain stops at a server on the domain of i2b.se,
apparently a Swedish web host and Internet service provider.

Why is this necessary, as far as Wikileaks' tech-savvy supporters are
concerned? Put broadly, DNS providers give clients the use of their
nameservers, which do the work of connecting a domain name - like
wikileaks.org - with the IP address of the actual server hosting the
website. Ceasing to provide DNS service is basically stopping computers from
doing the work of pointing people to the websites that were supposed to be
connected with Wikileaks.org.

"... Wikileaks.org has become the target of multiple distributed denial of
service (DDOS) attacks," a statement on EveryDNS' website read in part.
"These attacks have, and future attacks would, threaten the stability of the
EveryDNS.net infrastructure, which enables access to almost 500,000 other

A hacker going by the moniker "Jester" has previously taken responsibility
for distributed denial of service attacks against Wikileaks' website.

Wikileaks had already lost some of its web hosting services when inquiries
by the office of U.S. Sen. Joseph Lieberman apparently encouraged Amazon to
stop providing its cloud hosting to the organization. Tableau Software,
which was providing use of its free data visualization platform, also
attributed its own decision to stop serving Wikileaks' data to Lieberman's


UPDATED: Forbes' Andy Greenberg, who also got a recent interview with
Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, points you to an open letter from Pentagon
Papers whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg in which Ellsberg calls on Amazon
employees to leak information about why the company discontinued Wikileaks'

(Despite reports that document the rapid succession in which Lieberman's
office contacted the massive web company and the company cut Wikileaks'
hosting, Amazon attributes its decision to end Wikileaks' service to a
violation of its terms of service. Greenberg has more on that, too.)


In an online chat last night hosted by the Guardian and posted earlier
today, Wikileaks founder Julian Assange claimed that this was at least
partly expected.

"Since 2007 we have been deliberately placing some of our servers in
jurisdictions that we suspected suffered a free speech deficit inorder to
separate rhetoric from reality," Assange wrote. "Amazon was one of these

He also claimed that suppressing the Wikileaks website would not stop the
spread of its information, saying the archive of leaked secret U.S.
diplomatic cables that began this online fracas, called Cablegate, has been
spread "to over 100,000 people in encrypted form.

"If something happens to us, the key parts will be released automatically,"
he wrote. "Further, the Cable Gate archives is in the hands of multiple news

Wikileaks, in cooperation with news organizations like the Guardian, Der
Spiegel and El Pais, is slowly releasing a trove of over 250,000 leaked
communications from the State Department.


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