Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Amazon pulls the plug on WikiLeaks

The non-profit media organization WikiLeaks has had its service terminated by Amazon. Although it is said that the site will return to a Swedish provider, the muckraking website is currently not live.

According to a statement from Sen. Joe Lieberman, chair of the Homeland Security Committee, the decision was Amazon's:

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. Wikileaks' illegal, outrageous, and reckless acts have compromised our national security and put lives at risk around the world. No responsible company - whether American or foreign - should assist Wikileaks in its efforts to disseminate these stolen materials. I will be asking Amazon about the extent of its relationship with Wikileaks and what it and other web service providers will do in the future to ensure that their services are not used to distribute stolen, classified information.
The decision by Amazon to accept WikiLeaks as a customer for its web hosting services was an odd one to begin with considering the enormous controversy surrounding WikiLeaks and its recent document dumps of sensitive material.

During the past few days WikiLeaks had reported a massive distributed denial of service attack (DDoS). The DDoS is rumored to have come from a number of sources and has occasionally left the website offline.