WikiLeaks has been in a world of hurt ever since it released the first batch of 250,000 sensitive US embassy diplomatic cables weeks ago, suffering from heavy storms of DDoS attacks to a complete domain name service denial by EverDNS. Now the whistle-blower is residing overseas and asking the community to launch mirror sites in order to protect the controversial material.
According to a WikiLeaks post, the site is still under heavy DDoS attacks despite its new home. "In order to make it impossible to ever fully remove WikiLeaks from the Internet, we need your help," it reads. "If you have a Unix-based server which is hosting a website on the Internet and you want to give WikiLeaks some of your hosting resources, you can help!"
For those interested in mirroring the site, merely setup an account where the team can upload files using RSYNC+SSH (preferred) or FTP. Next, put the SSH key in the server or create an FTP account. Then create a virtual host in the web server-- something like wikileaks.yourdomain.com. Finally, send the IP address of the server to the WikiLeaks team, and the path where they should upload the content.
Unsurprisingly WikiLeaks has amassed a huge list of mirrors since its original plea-- 507 in fact at the time of this writing. That's a significant change considering the site's position on Friday as it migrated overseas and changed to wikileaks.ch. In fact, there's a good chance that WikiLeaks can now remain intact online thanks to the community support. What doesn't add up is that WikiLeaks lists every mirror online. Doesn't that just lead DDoS attacks to them as well?
At this point, there should be no reason to explain why WikiLeaks is currently under the spotlight. If anything, we're curious to know what happens next to the team responsible for disclosing thousands of classified government material to the public. WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange might know-- he's currently wanted by Interpol for alleged sex crimes.
Coincidence? Probably not.