Web Service Providers Facing Increasing Government Pressure

By Fahmida Y. Rashid  |  Posted 2010-12-03 Print this article Print


However, Jeftovic didn't say his service would refuse to do business with WikiLeaks. When asked if easyDNS would take on WikiLeaks as a customer, he wrote that as a Canadian company, they were not subject to U.S. laws "with respect to takedown requests." But easyDNS would want an "open channel of communication" with WikiLeaks' IT team and "prefer" to also be the domain registrar as well to deal with future DoS attacks. 

WikiLeaks supporters posted IP addresses, and, on Twitter and pointed their own Websites for mirroring and backup purposes. The latter IP address belongs to French-host OVH, said Netcraft. 

Considering that on Dec. 3 France's Industry Minister Eric Besson called for banning the whistle-blowing site from French servers, it's unclear how long WikiLeaks will be able to stay on that IP address.  

According to the French news magazine Le Point, Industry Minister Eric Besson said it was "unacceptable" for French servers to host the site, which "violates the secret of diplomatic relations and puts people protected by diplomatic secret in danger" in a letter to CGIET, the government body that oversees information technology as part of the Finance Ministry. Besson asked what legal steps were available to ban WikiLeaks. 

The French government is one of many countries embarrassed by the thousands of U.S. diplomatic messages published by the site. 

"We have decided to ask a judge to rule on the legality or not of this site being on French territory," OVH managing director Octave Klaba said in a statement. "It's neither for the political world nor for OVH to call for or to decide on a site's closure, but for the justice system. That's how it should work under the rule of law." Klaba said OVH was obligated to fulfill the duration of the contract. 

Besson warned that French servers which have hosted the site must first be made to understand the "consequences of their acts and secondly be made to take responsibility for them." 

Prior to OVH, Octopuce, another French company, hosted WikiLeaks, according to Netcraft. WikiLeaks is also using Swedish hosting company Bahnhof, based on the latest wHOIS and dig data. 


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