Earlier this week, both sites were using US-based Amazon EC2 instances to serve their content. These servers have since been removed from their round-robin DNS setup, leaving only Irish and French servers to host the content for wikileaks.org and warlogs.wikileaks.org
Earlier this morning, we also noticed a change in the DNS settings for wikileaks.org. The nameservers had been altered to point to Irish servers instead of US ones:
org. 9316 IN NS c0.org.afilias-nst.info. org. 9316 IN NS d0.org.afilias-nst.org. org. 9316 IN NS a0.org.afilias-nst.info. org. 9316 IN NS a2.org.afilias-nst.info. org. 9316 IN NS b0.org.afilias-nst.org. org. 9316 IN NS b2.org.afilias-nst.org.
These nameservers are hosted in Canada by Afilias Canada Corp, which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Irish company Afilias. Such a change could help WikiLeaks stay out of reach of the US government. Afilias is responsible for a fair chunk of the internet — in 2001, they launched the top-level domain registry for .info, and now act as the service provider for the .org generic top-level domain on behalf of Public Interest Registry.
Both wikileaks.org and warlogs.wikileaks.org continue to share an Amazon EC2 instance in Ireland, and a French server hosted by Octopuce. At the time of publication, wikileaks.org had reverted back to its US-based nameservers at everydns.net.
Posted by Paul Mutton in Around the Net
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