Could WikiLeaks backlash bring renewed attention to whois privacy services?
The backlash against WikiLeaks over its release of thousands of secret U.S. government documents about the war in Afghanistan is building. It’s never pretty when your web site is blamed for death.
And although the public now knows who is behind WikiLeaks, I think the situation may place more attention on the use of whois privacy and proxy services.
WikiLeaks.org was registered in 2006 using domain registrar Dynadot’s privacy service. The actual details of the whois record for WikiLeaks.org has changed many times. But as of today this is what it shows:
Registrant Name:John Shipton c/o Dynadot Privacy
Registrant Street1:PO Box 701
Registrant City:San Mateo
Registrant Postal Code:94401
Registrant Phone Ext.:
Registrant FAX Ext.:
Registrant Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
As a privacy service, Dynadot privacy shows the real name of the registrant but not the contact information.
This lack of transparency is sure to grab the attention of politicians. It’s attention that privacy and proxy services would rather not have.