|A recent accusation to hit the media deserves some attention. We are not, after all, blind followers. Our mission is the pursuit of truth and that means looking at both sides of the argument.
These facts raised a few questions.
Suspicions about WikiLeaks
(Some of these are explicitly found in the much-circulated article, “WikiLeaks Attacks Reveal Surprising, Avoidable Vulnerabilities” from Wired magazine.)
|It’s unclear why WikiLeaks went with a free provider, instead of paying for bulletproof DNS that could withstand attack.||It’s free. That’s incentive enough for anyone, and especially for an organization trying to keep its overhead low. Don’t pay for a service unless you have to.|
|But if anyone should want to go with a robust, “bulletproof” DNS service, WikiLeaks should!||Having its domain name remain temporarily unresolved isn’t exactly disastrous. It just means you have to use the IP address to get to the site while its hostname is not associated with it.
As Stephen Shankland of CNET tells us, “anyone with Wikileaks’s numeric internet address can get to the site without using the DNS, and Wikileaks offered instructions in a tweet: WIKILEAKS: Free speech has a number: http://220.127.116.11.” (source)
The real issue lies in the question of who was performing the DDOS attacks. This is what most of us were busy worrying about.
|“If they wanted to help users get past their DNS problems, they could tweet for assistance, tweet their IP addy and ask to be re-tweeted…” observed one poster to the mailing list for the North American Network Operating Group. “So at the very least, they are guilty of not being imaginative.”||WikiLeaks did tweet: WIKILEAKS: Free speech has a number: http://18.104.22.168.” (source)
WikiLeaks doesn’t needs to ask for retweets.
Again, having to use a number (as opposed to a name) in order to access the site isn’t exactly disastrous. Moreover, the WikiLeaks staff has been somewhat busy lately, as you might have heard–not too busy, however, to arrange for the setup of Wikileaks at http://wikileaks.piratenpartei.de (thanks to The Swiss Pirate Party) and at over 20 additional locations.
The only accusation you might bring forth against WikiLeaks that’s more ludicrous than lack of imagination is lack of bravery.
Thank you for your voicing your opinion.