Amazon ceases WikiLeaks hosting

first_imgSince starting to release confidential diplomatic documents online, the WikiLeaks website has been under attack. The DDoS attacks led the site to find an alternative hosting solution which eventually saw a switch to Amazon Web Services’ Elastic Cloud hosting solution, which expands with a customer’s needs.All seemed well, and access to the site was regained after the transfer. It’s also important to point out that although WikiLeaks were using Amazon servers, the actual documentation at the heart of the controversy was being stored elsewhere. On the face of it there was no conflict between what WikiLeaks were doing and what Amazon was hosting. As The Guardian clearly states:AdChoices广告But the US government would not be able to remove the diplomatic cables from the internet by ordering Amazon to take down the Wikileaks pages – partly because the cables are not hosted there: further digging shows that, where the documents are being held, is actually hosted by Octopuce, a French company. But the relationship between the two companies has ended after only a brief period. Amazon decided to take action and stop hosting WikiLeaks. Although Amazon has not confirmed why it chose to stop hosting, WikiLeaks has confirmed it happened with the following tweet:The office of Senator Joseph Lieberman issued a statement which looks to have broken the news of Amazon’s decision. It said:This morning Amazon informed my staff that it has ceased to host the Wikileaks website. I wish that Amazon had taken this action earlier based on Wikileaks’ previous publication of classified material. The company’s decision to cut off Wikileaks now is the right decision and should set the standard for other companies Wikileaks is using to distribute its illegally seized material. I call on any other company or organization that is hosting Wikileaks to immediately terminate its relationship with them. Even so, at time of writing the WikiLeaks website is still live, and therefore another company has allowed them to stay online. The organization’s tweet also suggests that there’s many more hosting companies willing to do so.Read more at Geekosystem and The Raw Storylast_img

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