Wikileaks "Under Heavy Attack," Seeks Shelter in Unix Community

Paul Lilly

Whistleblower website Wikileaks.org ruffled more than a few feathers when it published classified U.S. documents and sensitive diplomatic cables sent between U.S. embassies, while also promising to publish thousands more. A series of Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks would follow, and by Friday, both Amazon.com and EveryDNS.net decided to drop Wikileaks.org from their servers.

"Wikileaks is under heavy attack," the organization announced on its website. "In order to make it impossible to ever fully remove Wikileaks from the Internet, we need your help. If you have a Unix-based server which is hosting a website on the Internet and you want to give Wikileaks some of your hosting resources, you can help!"

In other words, Wikileaks is relying on mirror sites -- exact replicas of the original site hosted at a remote location -- to stay afloat. All told, Wikileaks claims its entire repository "should not take more than a couple of GB at the moment (with base website and cablegate data)."

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