Which WikiLeakS Cover Names are still working ?

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There has been a fair amount of publicity in the blogosphere promoting the actual IP address 88.80.13.160 of the WikiLeakS.org servers at IPQ Internet in Stockholm, Sweden.

There have been some inaccurate reports in the the mainstream media about lots of "mirror sites". There do seem to be some sites which are mirroring actual copies of the disputed documents in the Bank Julius Baer legal action against Wikileaks in California e.g. Cryptome.org, and the documents are available via the BitTorrent distributed peer to peer file sharing network.

However most of these alleged mirrors hold no actual copies of the documents at all, and just point some of their Domain Name Service sub-domains at the 88.80.13.160 IP address in Stockholm. This is important, as many of these Cover Names are not legally under the jurisdiction of the United States of America or the People's Republic of China etc. which are trying to censor WikiLeakS.org.

There are other alternative ways of getting your web browser software to connect to this website, some of which may be useful for getting around some crude methods of PC client or local router based censorware, if some organisations may choose to add this IP address to their banned lists.e.g.

There are all sorts of other possibilities including padding with leading zeros, hex encoded ascii characters, double byte Unicode representations etc., and mixing some or all of these formats within a single URL. Modern web browser will usually translate all of these variants into the real IP address.

Unless any Court Orders catch all of these possible variants, it may be that you can legally evade any censorship.

Remember that some other "wikileaks" domain names
are specifically mentioned in the second Temporary Restraining Order, and they all use the services of the California based EasyDNS.net, which will , no doubt, comply with the Order, if and when it is actually served on them specifically.

including on the websites operated at wikileaks.org, wikileaks.org.au, wikileaks.org.uk, wikileaks.la, wikileaks.cn, wikileaks.in, wikileaks.org.nz (collectively the “Wikileaks Websites”), and any other websites under their ownership, control and/or which they can post or edit any content;

wikileaks.cn was already out of action due to the Chinese Government censors.

wikileaks.org.au and wikileaks.org.nz frame forward to point to wikileaks.cx instead of the now US censored wikileaks.org

wikileaks.org.uk, wikileaks.la, and wikileaks.in point directly to 88.80.13.160

The published Wikileaks Connection Anonymity page has an out of date list of Cover Names:

Below is a List of Wikileaks Cover Names, which worked on 24th February 2008:

  1. http://wikileaks.ws/
  2. http://wikileaks.tl/
  3. http://wikileaks.org.uk/ - named in Temporary Restraining Order - could be next to be censored
  4. http://wikileaks.org.nz/ - named in Temporary Restraining Order - could be next to be censored
  5. http://wikileaks.org.au - named in Temporary Restraining Order - could be next to be censored
  6. http://wikileaks.la/ - named in Temporary Restraining Order - could be next to be censored
  7. http://wikileaks.info/
  8. http://wikileaks.in/ - named in Temporary Restraining Order - could be next to be censored
  9. http://wikileaks.es/
  10. http://wikileaks.de/
  11. http://wikileaks.cx/
  12. http://wikileaks.be/
  13. http://sunshinepress.org/
  14. http://special.k.vu/
  15. http://new.shop.tm/
  16. http://new.alain.co.za/
  17. http://moskva.radio.su/
  18. http://moscow.radio.su/
  19. http://ljsf.org/
  20. http://libertypen.org/
  21. http://jwdc.org/
  22. http://joburg.e.co.za/
  23. http://hk.kein.hk/
  24. http://freedomspen.org/
  25. http://freedomsbell.org/
  26. http://destiny.mooo.com/

By changing the prefix http:// to https:// on any of the URLs above (including the dotted quad, decimal, octal and hexadecimal etc. variants) , you should be able to access the SSL/TLS encrypted version of the WikiLeakS.org website.

The main advantage of SSL / TLS encrypted sessions,from an anti-censorship point of view is that even repressive countries like China, or other comapnies and organisations with a restricive internet access policy, usually wish to make use of e-commerce and internet banking etc., so they are more likely to allow SSL port 443 connections through their firewalls.

Similar SSL / TLS encrypted sessions can be made with this list of URLs:

  1. https://secure.zurich.base-v.ch/
  2. https://secure.wikileaks.ws/
  3. https://secure.wikileaks.tl/
  4. https://secure.wikileaks.org.uk/ - named in Temporary Restraining Order - could be next to be censored
  5. https://secure.wikileaks.la/ - named in Temporary Restraining Order - could be next to be censored
  6. https://secure.wikileaks.info/
  7. https://secure.wikileaks.in/ - named in Temporary Restraining Order - could be next to be censored
  8. https://secure.wikileaks.es/
  9. https://secure.wikileaks.cx/
  10. https://secure.wikileaks.be/
  11. https://secure.sunshinepress.org/
  12. https://secure.special.k.vu/
  13. https://secure.new.shop.tm/
  14. https://secure.new.firenet.com.ru/
  15. https://secure.new.alain.co.za/
  16. https://secure.moskva.radio.su/
  17. https://secure.moscow.radio.su/
  18. https://secure.ljsf.org/
  19. https://secure.libertypen.org/
  20. https://secure.jwdc.org/
  21. https://secure.home.e.co.za/
  22. https://secure.hk.kein.hk/
  23. https://secure.harvard.info.tm/
  24. https://secure.harvard.bot.nu/
  25. https://secure.freedomspen.org/
  26. https://secure.freedomsbell.org/
  27. https://secure.destiny.mooo.com/
  28. https://secure.bucharest.roxi.ro/

In addition, Liberty News has added:

http://wikileaks.libertynews.org/
https://wikileaks.libertynews.org/

There are also, presumably, some not yet publicised Cover Names as well.

Will Bank Julius Baer and their lawyers Lavely & Singer attempt to censor the 88.80.13.160 IP address allocated by RIPE, based in Amsterdam in the Netherlands, who control the IP address block allocations in Europe ?

They must not be allowed to get away with litigation which attacks the neutral infrastructure of the internet.

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To provide good connectivity for my entire company (I am, after all, responsible for routing around damage tothe Internet), I have set up my name server to bypass the main .org name server when resolving wikileaks.org. Currently I have


zone "wikileaks.org" {
type forward;
forwarders {
208.96.6.134; //ns3.everydns.net
64.158.219.3; //ns4.everydns.net
209.131.97.99; //ns1.everydns.net
204.152.184.150; //ns2.everydns.net
};
};

This has the problem that three of everydns.net's name servers are in the U.S. I put the Amsterdam one first, but still. Would you prefer that I just hard-code the IP address , or are there alternate name servers under your control that I can point to?

Providing a layer of indirection like this lets you change IP addresses if forced.

@ Sysadmin - this blog is not part of the official WikiLeakS.org project, but hopefully someone from there will read your comment.

What happens if and when EveryDNS, who are based in California, are actually served with a specific Court Order, remains to be seen.

Presumably some of the Wikileaks domain names registered with German or Indian domain name registrars, will not be locked, and could then be pointed to alternative DNS servers.

There is every chance that the next Court hearing on 29th February could overturn this whole attack on the neutral internet infrastructure, which is completely disproportionate.

I can't get in to Wikileaks from ANY angle!
Does Indonesia have a ban on it like China does?

Please help!

I tried everyone of the urls. NONE of them work. Fucking government. what's next censoring my thoughts?

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Now that the WikiLeakS.org project is defunct, so far as new whistleblower are concerned, what are the alternatives ?

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