That’s Weird… Wikileaks Suffers DDOS Attack; Inaccessible in US
That’s weird. Don’t tell us that the Obama Administration actually took action against this historic loss of sensitive information.
Wikileaks came under a DDOS attack this morning. They were forced to switch over to a different server.
CBS New York reported:
The WikiLeaks website said it came under a forceful Internet-based attack on Tuesday morning, making some of the content, including the controversial “Cablegate” documents, inaccessible for hours to users in the U.S. and Europe.
The site appears to have responded by switching its main hosting base from Sweden to the U.S., making it available again.
On Tuesday, traffic to the site went to Amazon.com Inc.’s server-for-rent service, based in the U.S.
The site, which distributed a trove of U.S. diplomatic documents on Sunday, said in a Twitter message on Tuesday morning that it was under a “distributed denial of service attack,” a method commonly used by hackers to slow down or bring down sites. WikiLeaks didn’t identify the attackers.
“We are currently under a DDOS attack,” according to one tweet early Tuesday. Shortly after 9 a.m., another tweet was sent, saying, “DDOS attack now exceeding 10 Gigabits a second.”
The site, which is devoted to releasing anonymously submitted documents, also came under attack Sunday, but Tuesday’s attack appeared to be more powerful.
Calls to Amazon.com were not immediately returned. Bahnhof, the Swedish Internet company that has been WikiLeaks’ main host, had no immediate comment on Tuesday.