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Wednesday, 01 December 2010 14:14

Wikileaks moves to Amazon cloud

Written by Nick Farell


Hiding in the mainstream
Whistleblowing site Wikileaks hopes to duck loads of denial of service attacks by hiding in Amazon's cloud.

Wikileaks has been hit by several distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks. The site was temporarily shutdown by the onslaught, but is functioning again after migrating its services to Amazon's cloud.

Wikileaks recently published thousands of confidential diplomatic cables that were sent between the US State Department and embassies around the world. The leaked documents shed light on US intelligence gathering efforts and reveal sensitive information pertaining to US foreign relations. The disclosure of the cables has proved embarrassing for the US and a number of other governments.

Wikileaks has announced that the DDoS was pummeling its servers at a rate of 10 gigabits per second, forcing its Swedish hosting provider to discontinue operation of the site Amazon's cloud computing infrastructure can handle massive DDoS attacks.

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+30 #1 Wolfdale 2010-12-01 14:27
not sure what amazon gets out of this deal,
but its a good thing wikileaks keeps going as a whistleblower,
and if the big world leaders are going to cry about sensitive info getting out, it serves them right anyway,
if you think you can say such stuff, at least have the means to defend them from leaking..
i know a gov. isnt holy, and many nasty stuff is being talked there, wich is only natural, but if you dont want the outside world to know, dont shoot the messenger, shoot your own damn responsible people for this situation

or at least, tell them to be more polite in their flames if you expect leaks :P
 
 
-32 #2 Greg4422 2010-12-01 22:52
I'd like the Obama Adminsitration use predator drones to destroy wikileak servers and Amazon...since they are supporting this terrorist activity. I would fully support Julian Assange being water boarded....183 times!!! I can't believe I'm saying this but wheres Dick Cheney when we need him.
 
 
+9 #3 AndromedaB 2010-12-02 05:42
Quoting Greg4422:
I'd like the Obama Adminsitration use predator drones to destroy wikileak servers and Amazon...since they are supporting this terrorist activity. I would fully support Julian Assange being water boarded....183 times!!! I can't believe I'm saying this but wheres Dick Cheney when we need him.

sure, right after we water board you a few times alright?
 
 
-20 #4 Greg4422 2010-12-02 05:44
It's okay... I expected as much from you unpatriotic terrorist sympathizer
 
 
+7 #5 sidje 2010-12-02 09:33
George Washington couldn't tell a lie. They quickly remedied this "imperfection" though. I just can't grasp how people can ignore the TRUTH. This is the TRUTH, what's everyone going on about "Well, you can't say it like that, it's illegal", I don't give a [censored] - THIS IS THE TRUTH. Unfortunately, when it comes to the US, it's just a drop in the ocean. I wonder what's the next country to recieve their "Democracy-Freedom" install package...........sure doesn't sound like freedom to me...
 
 
+2 #6 Tr0y 2010-12-02 10:36
Since Amazon now kicked Wikileaks from it's servers - I will close my Amazon account.

Amazon seriously has ZERO balls!
 
 
+1 #7 sidje 2010-12-02 11:02
To be fair, I don't know many who would stand up to this.

It just goes to show how much people really care about truth.

It's a bit ironic though to see people from "the land of the free" with the Cherry Tree and all hunting people for speaking the truth, because they haven't said it "the right way" as if there is a right way.
 
 
0 #8 Tr0y 2010-12-02 12:05
Quoting sidje:
To be fair, I don't know many who would stand up to this.



This is why we should vote with our wallets. And give companies, like Amazon, no more of our money.
 
 
0 #9 gamoniac 2010-12-02 21:37
Things are not always black and white. We have to distinguish between scandals that deserve whistle-blowing, from good old national security secrets. Should the Saudis feel remorseful that they felt threatened by Iran's nuclear program? Hell no.

I am for the whistle-blowing of scandals, like the wrongful shooting of unarmed AP cameramen in Iraq by the Apache crew. However, to mass-release 25K of docs just because they have it? I am not sure if the army private who dumped the data read through each of the docs he leaked, and I am not for that. What Wikileaks disappoints me is that they won't seem to differentiate what data to dump out, and if any of them endangers men and women who put their lives on the line for people they don't even know. Well, it a done deal now.
 

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