WikiLeaks moves to Amazon cloud to weather DDOS attacks

Two days of increasingly intense attacks sparked by 'Cablegate'

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After two days of increasingly intense DDOS attacks, controversial secret-government information site WikiLeaks has moved or expanded from the Swedish PRQ hosting provider to Amazon's EC2 cloud service. It may have previously switched at least part of its content to the French ISP Octopuce.

Specifically, according to traces by Computerworld and other sites, WikiLeaks' data is feeding from two sites owned by Amazon: one in Seattle and one in Ireland. It is not the first time WikiLeaks has moved content to Amazon to weather heavy traffic. It also maintains a long list of mirror sites.

The DDOS attacks started Nov. 28, days after WikiLeaks announced it would release thousands of secret U.S. State Department diplomatic cables, but before actually posting them.

A hacker or organization that calls itself The Jester has claimed credit for the attacks, which hovered around 4Mbit/second Monday and reached as high as 10Gbit/sec Tuesday, according to anti-DOS service providers.

The documents were spread out between the main WikiLeaks site and a secondary site called cablegate.wikileaks.org which, between then, used three IP addresses, rotated to balance the load of connection requests.

The sites were unavailable intermittently Tuesday as a result of the attacks, which came from a small number of IP addresses, largely in Russia, eastern Europe and Thailand.

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