Source : http://infocrats.org/mag/2010/12/sciencetechnology/domain-provider-drops-wikileaks-court-rejects-ban-on-wikileaks/
Karachi : EveryDNS.net, a USA based domain company said it had terminated services because Wikileaks.org had come under massive cyber attacks.
Meanwhile, the domain provider for WikiLeaks has dropped the Wikileaks.org domain name. EveryDNS.net said it had terminated services because Wikileaks.org had come under massive cyber attacks and these cyber attacks endangered their infrastructure.
In a twitter message, WikiLeaks confirmed the dropping of domain.
“WikiLeaks,org domain killed by US everydns.net after claimed mass attacks”,the message said which is followed by their tag line ”KEEP US STRONG”.
The statement on EveryDNS.net website is given below (Taken from EveryDNS.net):
All systems are functioning normally.
EveryDNS.net provided domain name system (DNS) services to the wikileaks.org domain name until 10PM EST, December 2, 2010, when such services were terminated. As with other users of the EveryDNS.net network, this service was provided for free. The termination of services was effected pursuant to, and in accordance with, the EveryDNS.net Acceptable Use Policy.
More specifically, the services were terminated for violation of the provision which states that “Member shall not interfere with another Member’s use and enjoyment of the Service or another entity’s use and enjoyment of similar services.” The interference at issues arises from the fact that wikileaks.org has become the target of multiple distributed denial of service (DDOS) attacks. These attacks have, and future attacks would, threaten the stability of the EveryDNS.net infrastructure, which enables access to almost 500,000 other websites.
Thus, last night, at approximately 10PM EST, December 1, 2010 a 24 hour termination notification email was sent to the email address associated with the wikileaks.org account. In addition to this email, notices were sent to Wikileaks via Twitter and the chat function available through the wikileaks.org website. Any downtime of the wikileaks.org website has resulted from its failure to use another hosted DNS service provider.
In another even related to WikiLeaks, Lahore High Court dismissed a petition on Friday seeking a ban on WikiLeaks website.
The petition was filed by Arif Gondal in which he termed the leakage of secret information
by WikiLeaks as a conspiracy to create a rift among Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and other Muslim
The petitioner requested the court to issue orders for imposing a ban on the website,he
argued that since Pakistan had good bilateral relations with a number of countries,
particularly Saudi Arabia and the leakage of these documents can adversely affect the relations.
Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed of Lahore High Court dismissed the petition, calling it non-maintainable.
According to media reports Arif Gondal asked the court to ban the site as it has taken off clothes from everyone.
Justice Saeed reportedly remarked that we must bear the truth, no matter how harmful it is.
The decision is being seen as a major break through in terms of freedom of expression and
access to information in Pakistan.
Earlier,when the documents were released by WikiLeaks over the Internet having diplomatic
dispatches by US ambassadors and other foreign officials, it was clear that it will be no
less than a bombshell when it comes to relations between various countries.
The decision can have implications over government policies if they any time decide to ban the website through Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA).