The DNS of Wikileaks.org and Cablegate.org have been erased in a move that may torpedo efforts to access the websites.
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The websites can still be accessed via their IP addresses - http://22.214.171.124/ and http://126.96.36.199/, respectively, according to a Wikileaks list of IP address mirrors. Alternatives are also on the mirror site.
However, the DNS registration that allows a user to enter an alphabetical web address, such as www.wikileaks.org, no longer exists. Users attempting to type in the address will be served a blank page.
Wikileaks' DNS provider EveryDNS.net pulled the DNS registration at 10pm EST (3am GMT) after the site suffered a massive distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack. EveryDNS.net said in a post on its site that it had done so because the DoS contravened acceptable use policy.
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