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Julian Assange Now Owns WikiLeaks.com

January 29, 2011Domaining, Domainnamewire, Uncategorized, wikileaksComments Off on Julian Assange Now Owns WikiLeaks.com

Founder of controversial WikiLeaks organization now owns Wikileaks.com domain name.

Last week I wrote about how the domain name wikileaks.com had expired.

The domain name was registered by Wikia, Inc, the group behind Wikipedia, for defensive reasons after the official WikiLeaks site Wikileaks.org launched.

Wikia was trying to hand the domain name over to WikiLeaks and its founder Julian Assange, but Assange failed to accept the transfer and the domain name expired on January 3, 2011.

Just today the domain name was renewed and is now registered to Julian Assange, according to whois information.

The DNS for the domain name has not been updated and it still points to a holding page.

wikileaks.com


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WikiLeaks Finally Figures Out How to Change Its DNS

December 14, 2010Domaining, Domainnamewire, Policy & Law, wikileaksComments Off on WikiLeaks Finally Figures Out How to Change Its DNS

I thought these guys were tech savvy?

A couple weeks after WikiLeaks.org’s DNS services provider cut if off, someone within the organization finally figured out how to log into the registrar account and change the DNS.

Seriously, was this just a ploy to get more publicity? When EveryDNS cut of WikiLeaks, all the organization had to do was log in to its Dynadot account and change the nameservers to another DNS or hosting service. Instead the domain name sat there…not resolving.

Finally, it appears that someone logged into the DynaDot registrar account and changed the nameservers. They currently point to Dynadot’s own nameservers, which may be set up with URL forwarding. The organization has had access to the registrar account all along.

Visiting WikiLeaks.org right now forwards me to WikiLeaks.info. Perhaps these guys are slow learners. WikiLeaks.info is registered with Go Daddy, a domain name registrar located in the good ole’ U.S.A. But I guess another mirror site is just a URL forward away.


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WikiLeaks Domain Not Shut Down, Just DNS

December 3, 2010Domaining, Domainnamewire, dynadot, everydns, Policy & Law, wikileaks, wikileaks.orgComments Off on WikiLeaks Domain Not Shut Down, Just DNS

Domain name not seized or shut down; DNS provider takes action.

A story on Guardian.co.uk screams “WikiLeaks fights to stay online after US company withdraws domain name”.

This headline is misleading and suggests that the WikiLeaks.org domain name has been shut down. This is incorrect. When you actually read the story, it says that Everydns took the site down. Everydns was only providing DNS services to Wikileaks. The WikiLeaks.org domain name is registered with Dynadot, which does not appear to have taken any action on the domain name. Really all WikiLeaks.org needs to do is change DNS providers.

Still, the domain name is at risk. Dynadot is a U.S. company and the .org registry is based in the U.S.

Wikileaks is shifting to several alternatives, including country code domain names.


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