WikiLeaks Domain Not Shut Down, Just DNS
Friday, December 3rd, 2010
Domain name not seized or shut down; DNS provider takes action.
A story on Guardian.co.uk screams “WikiLeaks fights to stay online after US company withdraws domain name”.
This headline is misleading and suggests that the WikiLeaks.org domain name has been shut down. This is incorrect. When you actually read the story, it says that Everydns took the site down. Everydns was only providing DNS services to Wikileaks. The WikiLeaks.org domain name is registered with Dynadot, which does not appear to have taken any action on the domain name. Really all WikiLeaks.org needs to do is change DNS providers.
Still, the domain name is at risk. Dynadot is a U.S. company and the .org registry is based in the U.S.
Wikileaks is shifting to several alternatives, including country code domain names.