WikiLeaks changes domain name, moves to Switzerland

By on December 3, 2010 at 7:31 AM.

WikiLeaks changes domain name, moves to Switzerland

After being ousted by Amazon’s Web Services, the controversial site WikiLeaks has run into another snafu, this time with its DNS provider, EveryDns.net. Via a statement, EveryDns stated that due to “interference issues” that are affecting the service of others, the company has ceased resolving wikileaks.org; the service was provided to WikiLeaks for free. In response to the DNS shutdown, WikiLeaks tweeted the following message:

WIKILEAKS: Free speech has a number: http://88.80.13.160

In a subsequent tweet, the company then announced that it had moved to Switzerland; the site’s new domain name is now wikileaks.ch.

A very vocal opponent of the WikiLeaks cable publishings has been the Independent Senator from Connecticut, Joe Lieberman. The Senator has introduced legislation, dubbed the SHIELD (Securing Human Intelligence and Enforcing Lawful Dissemination) Act, that would make it illegal to publish information “concerning the human intelligence activities of the United States or any foreign government” or information relating to “a classified source or informant.” We have to wonder where Sen. Lieberman’s legislation was when CIA operative Valerie Plame was outed. No word on when the new legislation will hit the Senate floor.

Meanwhile, Amazon has released a statement stating that the reason for its removal of WikiLeaks’ data from its AWS servers was not a result of denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks or government pressure, but rather the fact that the site did not operate within Amazon’s terms of service. More →

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Facebook does face-plant for second time in two days

By on September 23, 2010 at 4:48 PM.

Facebook does face-plant for second time in two days

Those of you trying to get some Internet stalking done may have noticed that “the Facebooks” are currently down. This is the social networking site’s second major outage in as many days. All we know for the time being is a DNS error message is received when trying to resolve facebook.com. We urge everyone to stay calm, as we’re sure this will be resolved soon. However… what are you going to do in the meantime?

UPDATE: The Book appears to be back up. We’ll post a link to Facebook’s technical explanation if provided.

UPDATE 2: Here is the explanation.

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"Iranian Cyber Army" takes control of Twitter

By on December 18, 2009 at 7:35 AM.

"Iranian Cyber Army" takes control of Twitter

twitter-hijack

If you happened to be one of the many that noticed all was not well with Twitter’s site last night, here’s an example: control of the social media site — but not the all important API — fell into the wrong hands. The following is the message that was posted on the main site:

Iranian Cyber Army

THIS SITE HAS BEEN HACKED BY IRANIAN CYBER ARMY

iRANiAN.CYBER.ARMY@GMAIL.COM

U.S.A. Think They Controlling And Managing Internet By Their Access, But They Don’t, We Control And Manage Internet By Our Power, So Do Not Try To Stimulation Iranian Peoples To….

NOW WHICH COUNTRY IN EMBARGO LIST? IRAN? USA?

WE PUSH THEM IN EMBARGO LIST ;)

Take Care.

Based on appearances it would seem a group known as the Iranian Cyber Army hacked the site, but Twitter’s own blog says this was nothing more than a DNS hijack. And although it is unclear whether or not anyone connected with Iran was actually behind the hijack, it wouldn’t surprise many  given the fact Twitter was instrumental to the protesters during the 2009 Iranian election protests.

[Via TechCrunch]

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Google launches Google Public DNS

By on December 4, 2009 at 12:18 PM.

Google launches Google Public DNS

GoogleDNSGoogle’s got your email, calendar, contacts, pictures, phone calls, text messages… heck, why not hand over your DNS lookups too. Yesterday, Google announced their newest service; say hello to Google Public DNS. Google explains that, “the average Internet user ends up performing hundreds of DNS lookups each day, and some complex pages require multiple DNS lookups before they start loading” and boasts that their DNS service will, “make users’ web-surfing experiences faster, safer and more reliable.” Sounds good, although we do wonder what Google plans on logging in the background. With this latest move Google has positioned itself to compete with other DNS providers, like BGR favorite OpenDNS, although, unlike OpenDNS a revenue model does not appear to exist for GPDNS. Google says that the end-goal is to share what they have found with other DNS providers to make the internet a faster place for all those who abuse misuse browse it. Well, what do you think? In Google we trust? More →

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