According to non-profit spam-tracking outfit Spamhaus, visits to the original WikiLeaks address, wikileaks.org, now redirects traffic to a site operated by an organization it has dubbed “Russian cybercriminals.”
When visitors go to wikileaks.org they are forwarded to mirror.wikilleaks.info, which is operated by the Russian Webalta (or sometimes Wahome) host who Spamhaus regards as a “blackhat” organization–a launching pad for spamming, malware/virus hosting, phishing, and other sketchy activities.
According to a story on CNET, wikileaks.info has “strenuously objected” to this classification, going on to say “We find it very disturbing that Spamhaus labels a site as dangerous without even checking if there is any malware on it. We monitor the wikileaks.info site and we can guarantee that there is no malware on it.”
The site even go on to say that they weren’t even aware that wikileaks.org was being forwarded to their site. As a representative tells CNET “In fact, we were caught [by] surprise on last Saturday as we all of a sudden had 1 million hits per day on our Web site. The switch [when wikileaks.org site visitors began being forwarded to wikileaks.info] was not discussed with us.”
So, that might just be the cold denial of a lying criminal enterprise OR it’s all a government conspiracy to get people to stop downloading leaked files–a big chess game with varying levels of pawns and kings.
Have at it, conspiracy theorists!
In the meantime, WikiLeaks is being mirrored on many undisputed sites around the web including wikileaks.ch, wikileaks.nl, and wikileaks.de.