The WikiLeaks website proudly announced moving to Amazon EC2 yesterday. This move was to make sure it can withstand DDoS attacks. The Amazon EC2 is a pay as you use service that piles up your account credit as per the bandwidth usage. That puts virtually no limit on usage and this gave the WikiLeaks website to stand any DDoS.
In a recent turn of events, the WikiLeaks website seems to have been gone without a trace and Amazon has absolutely nothing to say about this. Neither the main website, nor Cablegate is accessible anymore.
MSNBC has noticed this unavailability and says,
The main website and a sub-site devoted to the diplomatic documents were unavailable from the U.S. and Europe on Wednesday, as Amazon servers refused to acknowledge requests for data.
Amazon.com Inc. would not comment on its relationship with WikiLeaks or whether it forced the site to leave. Messages seeking comment from WikiLeaks were not immediately returned.
Moving to Amazon was finally a lost cause. Once again, the WikiLeaks website is a homeless wanderer like Assange himself. Amazon must have some answers about the unavailability. The WikiLeaks matter has gone global and much more than Amazon’s own reputation is at stake here.